Thursday, October 02, 2008

Whither Quinn?

Azi is reporting that the City Council's Democratic caucus will be meeting together on Monday to, in all likelihood, air out the term limits issue. Here's Speaker Quinn's statement: "The pending announcement that Mayor Bloomberg will seek to change New York City's term limits law is a significant development for the City of New York. Speaker Quinn takes that announcement seriously and will be discussing its legislative implications with her colleagues."

That being said, as one blog commenter pointed out, she has along road back from her December statement: "I am today making a firm and final decision. I will not support the repeal or change of term limits through any mechanism, and I will oppose aggressively any attempts by anyone to make any changes in the term-limit law."

Our guess here is that Quinn will ultimately vote No on the bill-while allowing all of the members to vote their conscience, and thus insuring its passage. What that does to her image a a leader is another imponderable at this juncture; but she's between the proverbial rock and a hard place, since any effort to orchestrate a defeat of the extension will likely only lead to a member revolt-and the speaker's demise.