Schumer Makes a Koch Joke

Last night, after Hillary Clinton presented an award to Iris Weinshall at the 38th annual Women Write the World gala, Weinshall's husband, Chuck Schumer, explained how valuable his wife has been to his political career.

Taking the stage, Schumer recounted a night years ago, during Ed Koch's third term as mayor.

Koch, Schumer said, “sometimes, he would say these things that were a little bit off the deep end." One night, Weinshall turned to Schumer and said of Koch, “Do you know what his problem is?”

According to Schumer, she went on, "When he goes to bed at night there’s no one laying in bed next to him saying, ‘You know what a jerk you made out of yourself?’”

The crowd laughed. Schumer smiled.

He went on to praise Weinshall's work as vice chancellor of Facilities Planning, Construction and Management for CUNY and, he added, for “keeping me from going off the deep end.”

Koch is not married.

Earlier in the evening, Clinton thanked Schumer for his tireless work both in the Senate and on the dance floor.