Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, is backing newly elected City Council Member Eric Ulrich, a Republican, for re-election this fall. Koch’s endorsement is just the latest sign that Ulrich is building a broad coalition of support for his re-election campaign.
As Mayor, Ed Koch is credited with restoring fiscal stability to the Big Apple, leading the city from the edge of bankruptcy in 1978 to a substantial budget surplus in 1983. He was elected to serve three terms in office (1978-1989), and is widely viewed as one of New York’s foremost statesman.
“I believe that the City Council best represents the people when it has strong bi-partisan leadership. I support Eric Ulrich because I think he is a superb public servant who will best represent his district during these uncertain times,” stated Koch.
After this press release was made public, the members of the Queens Machine reportedly went nuts. Even the ones that I consider to be relatively cool, calm and collected became unnerved, according to a source at City Hall. I don't know why. They don't seem to mind when their members cross party lines to endorse Bloomberg...
Best wishes to the former mayor on a speedy recovery from heart surgery.