(CNN) – As scandal-tinged Democrats make runs for top New York City posts, another candidate in the running is highlighting the historic nature of her candidacy.
Christine Quinn, the city council speaker who is currently the frontrunner in the Democratic mayoral field, argued on CNN's "New Day" that the discussion about giving former congressman Anthony Weiner a second chance was misplaced.
"Look, for me, the question is, let's give us the first chance," Quinn told CNN's Kate Bolduan. "When I'm elected mayor, I'll be the first woman and first openly gay mayor of the city of New York. Let's not have a conversation about second chances, let's talk about first chances and history and what that could mean for the greatest city in the world, and to me that's exciting."
On Monday, a poll showed Weiner dropped to fourth place among Democratic candidates for mayor – a sharp fall that came after he admitted to sending lewd messages and photos to a woman online as recently as a year ago.
Weiner is attempting a political comeback bid in New York – he left Congress in shame in 2011 for sending similar messages and photos.
Quinn, unlike some of her fellow Democratic contenders, has not called for Weiner to drop out of the race, though she has slammed his judgment and called him unqualified for the post.
Eliot Spitzer, himself attempting a political second chance after resigning as New York governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, said Monday that Weiner should not be mayor. Spitzer is running for comptroller, the city's top financial post.
And while Spitzer seemed to be in agreement with her on Weiner's qualifications for mayor, Quinn dismissed his assessment on Tuesday.
"I think whatever Eliot Spitzer says is not so relevant to the mayor's race, at all. The voices that matter are the New Yorkers that are going to vote, and trust me, every day out there they are asking me what I can do to make their lives better."