NEW YORK â€” 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 â€œThe Sopranos.â€
No, itâ€™s not an awards show weekend. Itâ€™s the New York City mayorâ€™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 cityâ€™s first female and first openly gay mayor. Among them: singer Lance Bass, actor Neil Patrick Harris, director Rob Reiner and â€œProject Runwayâ€ style czar Tim Gunn, who said Quinn would â€œmake the position of mayor the bully pulpit it needs to be to fight for all New Yorkers. â€œ
Ten days earlier, Alec Baldwin announced that heâ€™d raffle off two dinner invites to any-amount donors to Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.
â€œThere 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,â€ the â€œ30 Rockâ€ actor told de Blasio supporters in an email, saying the candidate â€œunderstands the inequality crisis facing our city.â€
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