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Christine Quinn Not Worried That Endorsement From Home Club Is at Risk

By Jill Colvin | February 27, 2013 3:52pm

CITY HALL — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn brushed off the possibility Wednesday that she might be in danger of losing the endorsement of the political club that launched her.

As DNAinfo.com New York reported this week, many Chelsea residents, dissatisfied with Quinn's performance representing their neighborhood and her job as speaker, have joined the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club in a bid to ensure anyone but her wins its mayoral endorsement next month.

"Like many other members in the community, I've been disappointed with her decisions," said Lesley Doyel, one of the leaders of neighborhood group Save Chelsea and one of dozens of residents who have joined the club in recent months.

"It may be surprising, the result of the endorsement," she said.

But Quinn, putting on her best smile, brushed off a question about whether she was concerned about the potential snub.

"Look, I'm very grateful with the support that I've received from different organizations so far. It's very humbling," she said during a press conference at City Hall Wednesday.

"Whenever you're running for any office, you hope you'll get everybody's support. But you get what you get and you don't get those who felt that there was a better candidate. And I look forward, as we move forward, to having conversations with all of the different entities that are considering endorsing in the different races moving forward," she said.

Chelsea residents had until Feb. 4 to join the club in order to vote at its March 21 endorsement meeting.