New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, after procrastinating for 19 months, finally coming out of the closet in support of a mushy hybrid living wage bill, reminds me of the cowardly lion from the land of Oz otherwise known as our New York City Council.
As a mayoral candidate, Speaker Quinn attempted to placate both labor and the business community while giving both herself and fellow Council members political cover running for public office in 2013.
In the meantime, she banked significant campaign contributions from both labor unions and business people on the merits of their respective positions along with the usual real estate, business, other union, special interests and usual City Hall Pay for Play crowd. Combined, they now total over $4 million which will be used to finance her mayoral ambitions.
Both sides are disappointed on the lack of a return on their respective investments on this issue. Some may now finally wise up to stop writing checks and consider withholding future endorsements due to her unfavorable decision depending upon your point of view on this issue.
A real manager can make the difficult decisions in a timely manner. Many will start looking for a stronger 2013 mayoral candidate who can make the difficult decisions necessary to manage a $65 billion budget municipal budget and 220,000 employees.