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


  1. Lester says:

    In front of the flag of Israel?  Traitors. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ed Koch is a fool. Its so sad the city disgraced itself by naming one of the East River Bridges after this imbecile.

    1. Anonymous says:

      While not agreeing with the name-calling here, you do raise an interesting point: naming landmarks after people who are still alive — and active in politics! — has some drawbacks.

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  7. Pat D says:

    Why doesn’t ISRAEL retrieve the Jews from Russia?  Why are the Jews in Russia starving?

  8. i think this man can help people who are needy and he will be a good leader nowadays its hard to have a leader who is dedicated to his work

  9. it seems he will be a good leader and he must have a concerned to the people a good leader should be dedicated to his job

  10. george says:

    He is really a nice person. In present days its very difficult top find a leader who is dedicated to his work.Very insightful blog. Would love to read more on the subject.