Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Observations from the Coffee Shop 3.12

Time to get away from art for a moment and back to politics. I've done some volunteer work for a few election campaigns over the years including the first Obama campaign. I haven't done any recently because I didn't have time, got lazy, or moved to New York and didn't know the local politics. They may be about to change because Sunday, while the entire world was centered on art, an announcement was made I've been waiting for. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn officially announced she was running to replace Michael Bloomberg as Mayor of New York.

I haven't been this excited about a campaign since President Obama's first run because, like that campaign, it's not just a run for office but for the history books. In its entire history New York has never had a woman mayor let alone an openly gay one. For that matter New York hasn't had a married mayor in some time so I think the city is ready for its first openly gay married woman mayor. I'm sure you're going to hear much more about this in the months ahead so consider yourself warned.

Quinn's partner Kim Catullo doesn't appear in the video so I had to dig up the photo above. The two were married on May 19, 2012 in Chelsea. I know the wedding has nothing to do with politics but I wanted to mention it because the wedding guests included past and future political allies Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. I think she may have a chance of winning.

In other New York news, Big Gulps are still here for now so go get em while you can.