Jeannie Williams wrote in New York magazine:
"Want to know how Rudy Giuliani really eked out his mayoral victory? He skillfully negotiated for the votes of both the Callas and Tebaldi factions--two groups whose allegiance runs far deeper than any political party.
"Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi were famed rival opera sopranos whose fans still debate hotly. Just before the election, Giuliani heaped knowing praise on both singers while giving the definitive nod to neither.