So the reality is that tonight's event was all around shitty.
The "give-us-a-yes/no answer-or-die" forum didn't do justice to the questions or to the 1,000 people in attendance. And frankly, neither did a few of the candidates who truly seemed like they just didn't give a damn about being there. But hey, at least they showed.
Speaker candidates Katz & Comrie courageously pulled out in the last minute. We wonder why? But we invite them to explain their absences; Fidler had this to say yesterday about his.
There were no real policy differences expressed this evening. Tonight was just about the varying degrees of heat each of the candidates could weather in Bertha Lewis's packed kitchen.
Speaker candidate Quinn likes it hot, hot, hot - not a crowd favorite - but she seemed to conform the least to the raucous landlord hatin' crowd. Or was she just paying homage to her daddy? We will never know. But she was followed in heat-loving order by de Blasio, Weprin and Rivera.
What was perhaps most disturbing - and telling - about the evening was that it came off at points as Team Council vs. Team People. For example, candidates Quinn and de Blasio went to painstaking efforts in their opening remarks to excuse their colleagues' absences. We know and understand why, but just felt that they could have put on hold their brown-nosing for the evening, and feigned just a tad more their interest in talking to the peeps.
Regardless, the notable quote for the evening goes to Quinn as well: "None of us can guarantee the passage of any bill."
So, there you have it!