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Weiner Fails the Koch Test

Former NYC mayor says congressman won’t follow in his footsteps

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Ed Koch in 2009, at his 85th birthday party.(Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Bryan Cave LLP)

Earlier this month, in Tablet Magazine, Tevi Troy floated the provocative and weirdly persuasive theory that Democratic presidential aspirants require Ed Koch’s support to win election (or re-election). Troy limited his analysis to the White House, but should it also apply to Gracie Mansion—where Koch once resided—then Rep. Anthony Weiner, the Democrat from Queens who was seen as a future New York City mayoral candidate until his recent scandal broke, is screwed . “I don’t think he can ever be mayor of the city of New York,” Hizzoner opined. He added, “He might run again for Congress years from now or some other position comparable.” But New York mayor? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Koch: Weiner May Run Again, But Not for Mayor [Aaron Klein/Ben Smith]
Related: Koch Test [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Understanding Weinergate

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Harriet J. Brown says:

I don’t think that Anthony Weiner failed any test. I would LOVE to see him show all his self-righteous critics and be elected mayor.

I am disappointed in the Democratic leadership. He was always loyal to them. He is and always was a strong progressive voice.

What a bunch of wimps they turned out to be. This is a media drivin scandal.

What he did was stupid, childish and immature. Others who today sit in the House and Senate, and many who have been there in the past, have done things far worse.

sharon says:

I don’t hear Pelosi or the other self hating Democrats screaming about the loss of collecting bargaining rights in Wisconsin. The Democrats folded like cheap camera’s starting in 2009 when they allowed President Obama to be swift boated by the fat old tea baggers. They lost the mandate and lost the chance to make things better for ALL Americans. Obama also is a rep-lite. I have voted as a democrat for 50 years and will vote for Obama again-only because I am afraid that another Clarence Thomas will be put on the supremes by a right wing republican president. A pox on both their houses.


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