Jamaica, New York Pastor Rev. Calvin Rice Endorses City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for Mayor

Rice gave Quinn his support in a mayoral run this year, as Quinn broadens her appeal beyond her core base of women and homosexuals. The Manhattan Democrat has recently sought more backing from the business and minority communities.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has drawn an influential endorsement in her quest to expand her base of support for a long-anticipated mayoral run.

The Manhattan Democrat won the backing of the Rev. Calvin Rice, pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jamaica, Queens, a major black congregation.

Rice, who has headed the 2,500-member church for seven years, introduced Quinn to his flock Sunday as "the next mayor of New York."

Quinn, who is expecting support from within her home borough and from women and the gay community, is courting members of the business establishment as she pushes to develop a network broad enough to vault her past a crowded Democratic primary field. But Rice's backing and signal to his flock is important to her because she is playing catchup in the outer boroughs, where her three main Democratic rivals have stronger ties.

Rice endorsed Mayor Bloomberg in 2009. He said he was impressed by Quinn's push for mandatory kindergarten classes for children, her recent proposal to replace textbooks with tablet computers, and her history of supporting the development of affordable housing.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Erin Durkin
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