On Israel and Entitlements, Ed Koch for Bob Turner

Former mayor Ed Koch officially endorsed Bob Turner in the Ninth Congressional District this morning, alongside the flags of both the United States and Israel.

NY1 first reported the endorsement last week.

Even before he announced he would back Turner, Koch had been outspoken about the message a Turner victory might send to President Obama on Israel. (Turner’s opponent, David Weprin, is an Orthodox Jew who has called Obama’s policies toward Israel “outrageous.”)

While Koch has long been a hawk on Israel and defense — he endorsed George W. Bush in 2004 — the second plank of Koch’s endorsement was premised on the classically-Democratic notion of preserving entitlements, with Turner as a possible counterweight to the plans currently being circulated by Republicans. Read More