Dan Quart: “Rhetoric is the easy part of political life, accomplishment and fighting in a public way for what you want is the hard part. That’s what I’ve done.”
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MANHATTAN - Candidate for Manhattan district attorney Dan Quart sat down with Our Town to discuss his new television ad that focuses on his record standing up for survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Quart discussed why his record of fighting for the right thing, even when it isn’t popular, makes him the best choice for district attorney.
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In his first television ad, Assembly Member Dan Quart is showcasing the work he’s done to reform sexual harassment laws in Albany, and argues he will be committed to the same kind of fairness and accountability if he’s elected to become Manhattan’s next district attorney.
“So many told us to stay silent, and then we went to Dan Quart,” said Leah Herbert, a sexual assault survivor, who narrated the ad. Herbert talked of her work in founding the Sexual Harassment Working Group – a worker collective launched by seven former New York State legislative employees who experienced, witnessed, or reported sexual harassment by former New York legislators and their staff – and Quart’s leadership in helping to secure public hearings that led to reforms, including lowering the burden of proof for sexual harassment claims from a “severe pervasive” standard to a “less well” standard.
“Having little to gain and a lot to lose, Dan stood his ground for what was right,” Herbert said in a statement. “We advocated for 265 days for those hearings, held many press conferences, and were as loud as possible to get these to happen. Dan joined nearly every one of those press conferences, and was right next to us as we built a coalition of support.”
The timing of the ad – airing in the wake of a sexual harassment claim made against a mayoral frontrunner and several lobbied against the governor – is not a coincidence. Quart said he wanted to highlight his willingness to hold those in power to account should he become the next DA.
In an interview with Our Town, Quart discussed his new advertisement, the reforms in Albany, and how he’ll pursue a harassment-free culture as district attorney: [...]
Recently, we’ve seen an accusation of sexual harassment and assault against Comptroller Scott Stringer as well as several allegations of harassment against Gov. Cuomo. It’s probably left people with a certain perception of New York leadership, and possibly the reality of it. How do you change the culture of political leadership in New York?
I would ask, specifically in my case, for voters to focus on what I’ve done. Rhetoric is the easy part of political life, accomplishment and fighting in a public way for what you want is the hard part. That’s what I’ve done. And that’s why this video was made: to demonstrate my leadership and my ability to take on powerful institutions and people in power when the right things were not being done. So that’s part of why we did the advertisement. It is critical that our leaders in power be held accountable, to make it easier for women to come forward, support them when they do and demand accountability, as I said in my statements before. This isn’t complicated, it’s just about the willingness to do so.
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