Celebs Hope to Influence New York City Mayoral Race
from Big Government
Jul 07 2013 12:25 PM
Some of the same celebrities who successfully pushed a second Obama term on the country are trying to influence New York City voters.
Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker and Whoopi Goldberg are among the big names attempting to sway Big Apple denizens in the upcoming mayoral race.
Last weekend, Democratic mayoral contender Christine Quinn unfurled a star-dusted list of pro-gay-rights backers of her bid to become the city's first female and first openly gay mayor. Among them: singer Lance Bass, actor Neil Patrick Harris, director Rob Reiner and Project Runway style czar Tim Gunn, who said Quinn would "make the position of mayor the bully pulpit it needs to be to fight for all New Yorkers."
Ten days earlier, Alec Baldwin announced that he'd raffle off two dinner invites to any-amount donors to Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.
Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, famous for his Twitter-fueled fall from grace courtesy of Andrew Breitbart, hasn't collected any celebrity endorsements quite yet. The same isn't true for the Republicans in the field.
Republican candidate George McDonald, meanwhile, has links to actor Ethan Hawke, a longtime supporter of the Doe Fund, the homelessness-services nonprofit McDonald runs. GOP rival John Catsimatidis has been cultivating a theatrical tie of his own — the billionaire businessman has been underwriting performances of The Little Flower, actor Tony Lo Bianco's one-man show about former New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.