- Posted: 1:31 PM, February 2, 2010
“The mayor said I’m the most intelligent Council member in there, and that he admires me,” Barron (D-Brooklyn) declared during a press conference to denounce Council Speaker Christine Quinn – who happens to be a close ally of the mayor’s – for stripping him of his chairmanship on the Higher Education Committee.
Barron even advised the press to “ask (Bloomberg) so he doesn’t change his mind,” though Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser declined comment, saying it was a private conversation.
“He said he would use more honey than that to get things done and he said I should do more of that and he thinks I could be the most powerful member in the City Council,” Barron said.
The two had a chance encounter in the City Hall rotunda before Barron’s outdoor press conference.
Barron has accused Quinn of exacting revenge because he’s a frequent dissenter and he ran against her for speaker last month. She said she removed him because he is not a unifying force in the Council.
Barron yesterday said he plans to sue her though the legal standing for a lawsuit was unclear since Quinn is in charge of appointing committee leaders.