He was an original, as you must already know. I briefly flirted with the idea that this man could become president of the United States. The first Jewish president and the loudest. He blew his chance, if he really ever had one, in 1982 when he decided to run for governor.
After the former New York City mayor’s death Friday, The New York Times released a candid interview conducted in 2007 that was “not meant to be made public” until he died. Koch had especially harsh words for Mario Cuomo, his opponent in the ugly 1977 mayoral race.
The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.” (more)