Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Christine Quinn blasted for ditching education forum for mayoral candidates

Quinn backed out of the Tuesday debate, citing what her campaign said was a scheduling conflict.




Speaker Christine Quinn takes a close look on the new bike with Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Mariela Lombard/for New York Daily News

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is taking heat for her decision to back out of an education forum.

Christine Quinn has backed out of a mayoral debate scheduled for Tuesday, leading the event’s organizers to take a swipe at her.
The City Council speaker’s name had appeared last week on a list of confirmed attendees for the forum, sponsored by the left-leaning New Yorkers for Great Public Schools. Democratic rivals Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson and Sal Albanese are in. So, too, is Anthony Weiner.
But Quinn says she ran into a scheduling conflict. “The organizers were informed last week we would not be able to make this one work,” said Quinn’s spokesman Mike Morey. He noted she has attended 44 forums during the campaign, including two on education this month.
The sponsor, which opposes some of Mayor Bloomberg’s school reforms, didn’t buy Quinn’s explanation. “Quinn is running away from an opportunity to defend her record on education,” said Billy Easton, a spokesman for the group.
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