NEW YORK — The city’s already raucous mayoral campaign turned ugly Wednesday when Christine Quinn trashed what she said was an attack from the wife of rival Bill de Blasio over Quinn's ability to connect with mothers because she has no children herself.

Quinn’s ire came after New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd quoted de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, suggesting that the City Council speaker, who is openly gay, has struggled to connect with female voters because she is “not the kind of person” you can talk to about issues related to families.

The de Blasio campaign quickly insisted McCray had been “misquoted,” and the Times updated Dowd’s column to reflect her full remarks.

“Well, I am a woman, and she is not speaking to the issues I care about and I think a lot of women feel the same way. I don’t see her speaking to the concerns of women who have to take care of children at a young age or send them to school and after school, paid sick days, workplace, she is not speaking to any of those issues. What can I say?” McCray, a mother of two, told Dowd when asked why women aren’t rallying behind Quinn’s campaign. “And she is not accessible, she is not the kind of person who you can talk to and go up to and have a conversation with about those things, and I suspect that other women feel the same thing I’m feeling.”

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