At yesterday’s rally in support of the living-wage bill, which the City Council expects to be vetoed by Mayor Bloomberg as the prevailing-wage bill was, City Council speaker Christine Quinn abruptly walked out after an attendant referred to the mayor as “Pharaoh Bloomberg.” “That is not appropriate,” said Quinn, addressing the anonymous insulter behind her. “You stand here talking about democracy and wanting people to listen. In a democracy, people have the right to have different views, and they do not –– we do not have the right to then call them names…I’ll go right back inside and continue the work of business, but this is not democracy, calling people names who don’t agree with you. So whoever said that, I’d ask that he apologize.” She then turned away from her podium and marched into City Hall to the surprise of the rally’s participants and attendants. Quinn, often a vocal supporter of Bloomberg, had been in a tight spot after his veto last week which she and the Council are likely to override. The expected mayoral candidate has had to walk a fine line so as to both maintain her alliance with the mayor and attract support from liberal groups with whom Bloomberg is not popular. In response to those who were astonished by her sudden walkout, Quinn is reported as having said that though she “couldn’t disagree with Mayor Bloomberg more on the substance” of the living-wage bill the rally supported, she also would not tolerate name-calling in a political realm. This evidently rash action also may also add to the speaker’s reputation for being snappish and impulsive. Brushing aside these grumblings, Quinn joked “I’ve overreacted in my time, so I know what it looks like when I overreact, and that wasn’t one of them.” (Photo: Dave Bledsoe/Flickr)