Highs and Lows of the 2013 Election

It was a memorable campaign: Anthony Weiner’s “second chance”; the dashed hopes of Christine Quinn, who seemed poised to become the city’s first female mayor; Dante de Blasio’s afro.  Here is a look back at some of the memorable moments.

Bill de Blasio’s children stole the show from the adults, with their eclectic styles and their prominence in their father’s ads.

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Weiner, trying to make a comeback after resigning from Congress over his “sexting,” lost in the polls and in the court of public opinion. At times he was his own worst enemy. At one point he was a serious contender in the race, polling with 25 percent of likely voters, placing him ahead of  Quinn. With new allegations of “sexting” and the infamous argument, with a mouthful of cake, with a Jewish voter on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, he lost steam quickly.

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The race for comptroller was interesting in its own right, with Eliot Spitzer throwing his hat in, which surprised Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president. Having resigned as governor after an investigation uncovered his use of prostitutes, this was Spitzer’s attempt at a political reinvention. With a large bankroll to back him he made a strong effort.

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Council Speaker Christine Quinn was once believed to be the strongest candidate, but she lost her lead during the summer. Voters associated her with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to her detriment. What is significant is that she is one of the first women to be a serious mayoral candidate in New York City and she is also a lesbian, which showed the world how far we have come as a city.

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The West Indian Day carnival played a big part in this year’s election. The candidates marched and rode on colorful floats among millions of costumed revelers dancing and celebrating. While this is testament to New York City’s diversity,  it produced both awkward moments and fun ones as well. Quinn rode on a float in a very dignified manner donning a professional black dress. De Blasio marched through the streets dancing and jumping with his family while other candidates and elected officials did a combination of the two.  Weiner stole the show, at times awkwardly dancing through the streets, joyfully posing for pictures while holding a bullhorn used to address the excited crowd. The talking point the next day was not so favorable as he donned a cringe-worthy “island” accent while addressing the crowd.

There were many light moments, but  the results of the election will change the daily life of New Yorkers in both big and small ways. Now we can only wait and see, and look back at this election with fondness and maybe even an “I Survived the 2013 Elections” T-shirt.

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