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NYT, Post endorse same candidates

AFP-JIJI

The New York Post newspaper on Monday backed Democrat Christine Quinn and Republican Joseph Lotha in the city’s mayoral race, a day after The New York Times made the same pick.

The endorsement comes ahead of the Sept. 10 primary elections, with the winner from each party to battle it out on Nov. 5 to replace incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The New York Post daily recommends that Democrats vote for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 47, “who has shown the basic common sense any mayor needs.”

Republicans are advised to give their vote to former Metropolitan Transit Authority President Joseph Lhota, 58, whose “record of achievement and solid ideas on tough issues offer the best chance for an accountable and effective government.”

Quinn, the first female and openly gay speaker, also received the backing of The New York Times on Sunday.

“Quinn inspires the most confidence that she would be the right mayor for the inevitable times when hope and idealism collide with the challenge of getting something done,” The New York Times said.

The paper also endorsed Lhota as the best-qualified among the three Republican candidates.