Some New Yorkers won’t support City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as the next possible mayor because she is a lesbian, Donny Deutsch said Tuesday on Morning Joe.
“Christine Quinn is by far the most qualified. I think there is prejudice against her…because she’s a lesbian,” the chairman of Deutsch, Inc. said. “This is horrible. I think it’s unspoken. I think New Yorkers say, ‘There is something about her I don’t like.’”
“I do think it hurts her–nobody is talking about it–and it needs to be talked about,” he added. “I think it’s one of the great, last prejudices…as far as we’ve come, gay rights.”
Quinn, who is hoping to be the city’s first openly gay mayor, led the polls throughout the year until former Congressman Anthony Weiner became the race’s frontrunner temporarily in June.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio surged ahead of the other Democratic candidates for mayor with less than two weeks before the primary election, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. He reached 36% among likely voters, followed by Quinn at 21%, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson at 20%, Anthony Weiner at 8%, City Comptroller John Liu at 6%, and former Council member Sal Albanese at 1%.
The final mayoral debate is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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