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Quinn Nailed by Carpenters

Calls off fund-raiser with union enemy.


Christine Quinn isn’t yet officially running for mayor, but she’s already had to cancel a fund-raiser—a first for the City Council speaker’s nascent campaign. Quinn had planned a late-October event at the home of Donald Capoccia, a Republican-leaning developer who spreads contributions across the political spectrum and was one of the few openly gay members of Dubya’s transition team in 2000. But earlier this month, she abruptly called it off. The reason, her rep says, is a feud between Capoccia and the city’s carpenters’ union, which objects to the nonunion laborers he has hired for some of his projects. “He’s just a bottom-line guy,” says Steve McInnis, a union lobbyist who pressured Quinn to cancel the event. Capoccia isn’t offended. “The only thing that matters is that I have been a supporter of hers, and continue to be a supporter of hers,” he says. Records show that he’s already given Quinn $3,500 for a mayoral bid; her likely competitor in the Democratic primary, Anthony Weiner, got $1,000.

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