The New York Times and The New York Post have thrown their collective weight into the mayoral race. Both papers endorsed Christine Quinn for the Democrats and Joe Lhota for the Republicans. The announcements came days after The New York Daily News backed Quinn.
In an editorial, the Times explained that Quinn’s strong performance during last Wednesday’s debates sealed the deal:
We had already made up our own minds in favor of Ms. Quinn, but the Wednesday debate would have clinched it anyway. Candidates were asked what legacy they wanted to leave after two terms. ‘More people in the middle class,’ Ms. Quinn said. It was a perfect answer, and she could have left it there. But, Quinn being Quinn, she threw in supporting details.
The Post claimed that Quinn was the choice for the Democratic party because she “is the only candidate who has shown the basic common sense any mayor needs.”
On the right, the Times said Lhota was the right choice based in part on his achievable ideas (Lhota suggested installing park-and-ride lots at the end of subway lines to encourage more people to use the trains). The Post wrote that Lhota “stands head and shoulders above the field,” because “He has valuable know-how and experience, in both the public and private sectors.”[Image: NY Post]