MANHATTAN - At every turn of the WABC radio debate last night, candidate for Manhattan district attorney Dan Quart delivered a commanding performance, talking directly with the voters about his unparalleled record and plans for the office.
During the cross examination round, Quart pressed Farhadian Weinstein on why she has spent $2 million on a smear campaign against him while failing to pay federal income taxes in recent years:
“Ms. Weinstein, you’ve given yourself $8 million of your own money in this race, $2 million of which you’ve agreed to spend to smear me, to besmurch my reputation, despite what everyone accepts is a stellar record standing up for victims of sexual assault, trying to change the rape laws that the DA’s association fought for, as well as taking a leadership role with SHWG and pushing for first hearings in the state,” said Quart. “$2 million to smear my reputation, so my question is simple… instead of spending that $2 million of your own money to attack me, why didn’t you pay your federal taxes?”
In his closing, Quart spoke about the thousands of voters he has talked to, and why this campaign is meeting the moment Manhattanites are demanding:
“Despite being a full time legislator, during this campaign I’ve personally knocked on over 7,000 doors, from the Marble Hill complex… to Haven Plaza and of course yesterday in Washington Heights,” said Quart. “And when I talk to voters... I tell them [that] amongst the 8 of us, the distinguishing factor between myself and the other lawyers on this stage is one thing. Everyone else can talk about reform, can say what they would do, but I’m the only one with an actual record of achieving results. From passing the strongest gun laws in the country to protecting the victims of domestic violence, standing up on sexual harassment… I’ve done it defending those views before actual voters. For the next DA who has to stand up to incredible pressure, there’s no guesswork with me. I’ve been doing it for 10 years and I’m the right person in this moment to be the DA.”
On policing and the footprint of the office, Quart’s record on public safety and reform was on display:
“The inconsistency here is decades long of a reduction in violence, yet the continued expansion of law enforcement at the police level and the district attorney’s office throughout the country,” said Quart. “I do think it is proper to have a reallocation of resources from certain conduct so that the NYPD is not the first response. And I have actual experience with this [in my district]... I have actual experience with this because I’ve been doing it for 10 years.”