5 Things To Know About Chirlane McCray, Who Might Be NYC's Next First Lady

10/02/2013 05:20 pm ET
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Chirlane McCray could be the next First Lady of New York City come November. But before her husband, Bill de Blasio, even faces off with Republican candidate Joe Lhota, people are already heralding the activist and writer as the next Hillary Clinton.

McCray, who has been married to de Blasio since 1994, was profiled in an Oct. 1 New York Times article. In the spirit of further celebrating this awesome lady, here are five things you need to know about her:

1. McCray and de Blasio are a real team. The Times reported that de Blasio schedules his political meetings around his wife's prior commitments, and McCray told reporter Michael Barbaro: "We’ve always been partners in the campaigns and any major thing we have taken on." She is not a political wife who you'll find standing on the sidelines.

2. She edits all of her husband's speeches. According to the Times, de Blasio's aides often email speech drafts right to her.

3. She's completely open about her sexuality. In 1979, McCray published a piece in ESSENCE magazine about being an openly gay black woman. In a follow-up interview with ESSENCE in May 2013, McCray revealed that she "put aside all assumptions" when she met de Blasio: "Labels put people in boxes, and those boxes are shaped like coffins. Finding the right person can be so hard that often, when a person finally finds someone she or he is comfortable with, she or he just makes it work."

4. She's a Hillary Clinton fan. Numerous outlets have drawn comparisons between McCray and Hillz -- New York magazine claimed this week that McCray would be "a first lady in the mold of Hillary." And McCray told the Times that the former Secretary of State is the First Lady she admires most. Here's hoping those two become BFFs.

5. She has a history of political activism. During her undergraduate years at Wellesley College, McCray joined the Black feminist group Combahee River Collective. “We knew it was revolutionary,” she told the Times. “Just by sitting down and talking to each other; it was breaking through the madness.”

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