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July 26th, 2013
05:59 PM ET

NYC mayoral candidate Quinn: Weiner is immature, disconnected from the truth

(CNN) – Christine Quinn, New York's leading Democratic mayoral candidate says opponent Anthony Weiner has brought a circus on the city.

"All we've seen here with Congress member Weiner is really a pattern of reckless behavior, an immaturity and a real disconnect from the truth," said Quinn, who would not go so far as to call on Weiner to drop out of the race.

Weiner admitted this week to sending sexually explicit chats to a young woman last summer, and on Thursday estimated he had online relationships with three women after his 2011 resignation from Congress.

Quinn has benefited politically from Weiner's indiscretions. Since the scandal broke, Weiner's poll numbers have plummeted. A new WSJ/NBC4 NY/Marist poll found that 25% of registered Democrats support Quinn, and 16% support Weiner. Compared with a poll taken in June, the new position marks a 14-point swing in Quinn's favor.

"My race has been about my record and my vision moving forward. And come primary day and runoff day, when New Yorkers join with me and elect me mayor, it won't be about somebody else," said Quinn.

The National Organization for Women endorsed Quinn Thursday, calling Weiner's behavior "sexist" and "not respectful of women."

"No one should have behaved this way; no one should have lied about how they behaved this way. His gender isn't the issue for me," said Quinn.

On the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policy, the New York City Police Department's random stopping, questioning, and frisking people on the city's streets, Quinn said she would not end it.

"It's a tool I think we need to allow police officers to keep in their toolbox," said Quinn, but said it has "gone out out of control," citing statistics that of the 700,000 people the NYPD stopped, 95% resulted in no arrest, no weapon, no contraband.

"We stopped hundreds of thousands of innocent people.  You do that, you rip communities and the police apart from each other, and that's a danger," said Quinn.

"That's why we're passing legislation that will put appropriate monitoring in the police department and that's why next month we will override the veto of that legislation because I know we can stay the safest big city in America.  But we can do it united with communities, not tearing communities and police apart," said Quinn.

CNN's Jessica Metzger contributed to this report.

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