From Forest Hills Patch:
It’s an old trope that politics makes for strange bedfellows, and right now there are none stranger than former mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, and Republican candidate for Congress Bob Turner.
Koch endorsed Turner in a press conference that could only be described as somewhat surreal Monday morning.
With both men standing behind a podium and smiling, Koch proceeded to tell a room full of reporters that his endorsement of Turner was designed to send a message to the Obama Administration with regard to its stance on Israel.
“I am here this morning to suggest that the contested race in the Ninth Congressional District be turned into a referendum allowing the voters of this district, the largest Jewish district in the country, to register a protest against the positions of President Obama and the Republican leadership,” Koch said in a written statement.
Koch then listed a litany of reasons why he disagreed with Republicans in Washington.