NYC mayor’s race turns into a battle for celebrity endorsements

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July 7, 2013

NEW YORK — One makes a video with Steve Buscemi and rockers Vampire Weekend. Another gets shout-outs from Whoopi Goldberg and Brooke Shields. A third hobnobs over cocktails with an actor from “The Sopranos.”

No, it’s not an awards show weekend. It’s the New York City mayor’s race, featuring a cast of celebrities like few other municipal elections.

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.

“There are few things I enjoy more than a good meal with good company, particularly when an issue as urgent as the New York City mayoral election is up for discussion,” the “30 Rock” actor told de Blasio supporters in an email, saying the candidate “understands the inequality crisis facing our city.”

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