With poll numbers slipping in the final weeks of the mayor’s race, key aides to mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn were compiling a list of prominent New Yorkers to reach out to for endorsements.
One boldface name tossed around was pop star and LGBT icon Lady Gaga, reports the Daily News’ Annie Karni.
The match made sense on paper: Gaga considers herself a social-justice activist and runs a youth empowerment nonprofit organization called the Born This Way Foundation. Quinn was running a historic bid to become the city’s first female and openly gay mayor.
But the campaign quickly realized any Gaga offensive would be a nonstarter when the hit maker’s dad, upper West Side resident Joe Germanotta, began voicing his support for rival Bill de Blasio.
“Let’s NOT vote for Spitzer, Weiner or Lieu [sic]. Pass on Quinn and vote for De Blasio and Stringer. They are listening to the people of NYC,” Germanotta, a restaurant owner, tweeted on Aug. 6.
Like Quinn, de Blasio also saw the political value of a connection to Gaga and her online network of more than 40 million Twitter followers.
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Speaker Christine Quinn’s campaign briefly hoped to get Lady Gaga’s support, since a single tweet from the ‘Poker Face’ singer would have reached her millions of followers.
The campaign seized the opening. On Sept. 5, de Blasio and his son, Dante, visited Germanotta’s upper West Side restaurant, Joanne Trattoria. There, they thanked Germanotta for his support and posed for pictures that were quickly posted online.
“The most significant thing I saw was what de Blasio was doing to assist the small-business owners in the health department,” said Germanotta, a frequent critic of Mayor Bloomberg and the city health department. “He was taking a very proactive role in how the fines and the activity were affecting their businesses,” he told the Daily News. “He came into my restaurant and thanked me for my support and I got to meet his son, Dante. I’m a big supporter.”
Asked if Gaga’s clan would become more involved, spokesman Dan Levitan said, “stay tuned.”
Political insiders say Gaga could have helped move the needle on Quinn’s failed bid. The onetime front-runner finished a distant third in the primary.
“Lady Gaga still has influence politically and in the media,” said one gay political operative. “Her endorsement in the mayoral race would help sway some LGBT voters and women. A single tweet from Gaga to her millions of followers can still generate headlines.”
Despite Quinn running as the only woman in the race, de Blasio was the top choice among female voters.
“My daughter doesn’t get involved with political requests like that,” Germanotta said when asked about Gaga’s involvement in the mayor’s race. A spokeswoman for Lady Gaga wouldn’t comment on the star’s involvement in the local political scene. A spokesman for Quinn said the campaign never reached out to Lady Gaga.
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Stephen Colbert exults with his Emmys at the show, but put them safely away at the party later.
EMMYS’ WINNING PARTY
The Colbert Report won another Emmy for breaking fake news Sunday, but show host Stephen Colbert was careful not to break an Emmy at the after-party.
“I didn’t bring my award because it [can] get broken down,” he told one guest who asked to see it at the Governor’s Ball after-party in L.A. “I broke one before.”
“Breaking Bad” star Betsy Brandt wasn’t afraid of breaking a statue at the party, though. First she danced on her chair, then hit the dance floor with an Emmy she borrowed from “Modern Family” producer Ben Karlin.
“The Voice” also took home an Emmy, but the TV talent show’s host, Carson Daly, wasn’t interested in seeing himself on one fan’s small screen. Daly took time to pose for a cell phone photo with a fan at the party, but when the well-wisher asked Daly if he wanted to see the photo, he took a pass
“I see myself every day,” said Daly. “I don’t need to see that.”
NEW ‘VIEW’ FINDER
‘The View’s’ Jenny McCarthy stopped by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show Monday for a wide-ranging interview, which included a discussion about her new boss Barbara Walters, and who will take Walters’ chair when she retires. After a drumroll, Stern announced he had knowledge of the situation: “I know who it will be: Katie Couric,” he announced. McCarthy stayed mum on the topic, but Confidenti@l recently reported that Couric had been in talks to leave her show and plop down in Babs’ well-worn chair.
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Cher sported some NYPD blue as she arrived for her performance on ‘Today.’
IT’S CHER: CALL THE COPS
Since the cop from the Village People is retired, Cher hired the next best thing — a real New York City policeman — to escort her to Rockefeller Center on Monday. The living legend, 67, performed on the “Today” show in front of hundreds of crazed fans who would gladly watch her do anything. Cher sang the lead single, “Woman’s World,” off her new album, “Closer to the Truth,” out on Tuesday.
BROOKE, HUGH & RIVER VIEW
Brooke Shields and Hugh Jackman will host the Friends of Hudson River Park gala at Pier 57 on Oct. 3. With guests including Martha Stewart, Edie Falco and Dennis Leary, the charity seeks to raise funds to keep the 15-year-old park on the West Side of Manhattan from collapsing into the harbor. Nearby Pier 40, now home to Little League games and a parking garage, needs at least $ 100 million in repairs. There are still a few seats left to the gala, which should help throw the park a life preserver.
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Sarah Silverman combines low-cost couture with sky-high heels at the Emmys.
SARAH CAN DRESS FOR LESS
Sarah Silverman turned heads in a $ 110 dress she bought online at the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Naeem Khan will preview his new collection in an event backing the Wishwas organization.
NONPROFIT IS IN STYLE
Designer Naeem Khan and his wife, Ranjana, are hosting a cocktail reception for the nonprofit group Wishwas on Thursday, where guests will see a preview of his new collection. The group seeks to empower low-income immigrant women in the U.S. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts and the couple’s stylish friends will be plenty. Tickets can be purchased at wishwas.org.
HOT DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA
Curvy comedy actress Sofia Vergara made the party rounds Sunday night after the Emmys, stopping at Jimmy Fallon’s after-party, the HBO party and the FOX party, where she celebrated with her “Modern Family” co-stars, fiancé Nick Loeb and her family from Colombia. Wearing a red-hot Vera Wang number, Vergara tweeted a photo of herself dancing at Fallon’s party and wrote, “Miley Cyrus this is where the twerk was invented. Colombia!”
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With the crush on Obama behind her, Amber Lee Ettinger is moving forward on her film career with ‘An American in Hollywood.’
The gorgeous Amber Lee Ettinger has graduated from being Obama Girl to landing a role on the big screen. The actress was in New York Friday night for the premiere of her first feature film, “An American in Hollywood.” She posed for pictures on the red carpet like a pro at the 34th St. AMC Theatres before heading in with the crowd to watch the flick.
SEEN AND HEARD…
Nicole Miller served as honorary chairwoman at the Fourth Annual Dream Extreme at Trata in Southampton, where 1Oak owner Scott Sartiano was honored for his commitment to philanthropy. … Clive Owen and Darren Aronofsky partying at No. 8 in Chelsea. … Stephen Dorff celebrating the opening of the club VIP Room with owner Jean-Roch Pédri in the Meatpacking District. … Lionel Richie chowing down at lower East side hot spot Beauty and Essex. … Mark Wahlberg at Sunda restaurant in Chicago. … Pop culture expert Valerie Greenberg chatting about youvebeenvalidated.com with Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin in NYC.
SOCK IT TO ’EM
A star like Beyoncé can clearly afford a whole closet full of Louboutins. But every now and then, she goes out Britney-style — without shoes altogether. On Sunday, Bey wore a casual combination of T-shirt, sweatpants and black socks to carry baby Blue Ivy to their plane at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The next stop on her Mrs. Carter tour is Monterrey, Mexico, where we’ve heard they sell sandals.
CELEBS MAKE STRIDES
Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and “Amazing Race” stunner Sarah Reinertsen are among the 18 celebs running the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. The New York Road Runners revealed their all-star roster to the News’ Nicole Lyn Pesce. Runners also include “The Conjuring’s” Patrick Wilson, Broadway “Book of Mormon” star Brian Sears and Z100’s Greg T, who will join 48,000 racers trekking 26.2 miles from Staten Island to Central Park.