081908quinn.jpgThe most indispensable member of Council Speaker Christine Quinn's staff seems to be an unpaid 81-year-old World War II veteran, her father Lawrence P. Quinn. An endearing profile in the Times today spotlights his ongoing efforts for his daughter, who will run for mayor next year. Ms. Quinn, an openly gay liberal, calls him "an all-purpose schlepper" who comes in handy for retirement home photo-ops. Mr. Quinn, a practicing Catholic, seems to be crying for help: “It’s not volunteerism; I am forced to do it." But he lives alone and all his pals are dead, so maybe he's okay with being his daughter's "trophy wife." Although he's been known to tell voters, "I don’t agree with her, either. But listen, if she loses, she’s unemployed and I’m going to have to pay her rent"