A bilingual mailer intended to tout Christine Quinn as the only woman in the race for mayor accidentally refers to the Council Pink NFL Jerseys Speaker as a man.
The mailer says in English: ”When it comes to fighting for tenants, there’s one candidate who stands out from the guys.”
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That same sentence is translated in Spanish below, but calls Quinn a “el unico candidato,” which is a male candidate.
The mailer was distributed by the Hotel Trades Council’s political action committee.
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Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn greets spectators during the Dominican Day Parade along Sixth Ave.this past Sunday.
A rep insisted that it was the proper use of the word, saying that in certain situations the o ending – which typically is used for men in Spanish – applies to women as well.
A Bronx Democrat who received the mailer called it her “El Bloombito” moment, referring to the mock Twitter account that pokes fun at Mayor Bloomberg’s Philadelphia Eagles Jersey nasally attempts to speak Spanish.
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“Yikes! This is not a good look for Quinn,” said the voter, who lives in a heavily Latino district.
“She is trying to court Latinos, but this mail piece calls her a male candidate.”
It also comes as Quinn ― whom polls show has struggled to connect with woman voters ― has begun to highlight the Polamalu Jersey fact that she’d be the city’s first woman mayor, as well as the first lesbian in City Hall.
After downplaying her gender for much of the campaign, Quinn said on July 30, ”If I’m elected mayor, when I’m elected mayor, I’ll be the first woman and the first openly gay mayor of the City of New York.”