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Marty Markowitz vs. Mike Bloomberg

Markowitz squares off against Bloomberg on proposed soda ban

Adam Chandler
July 27, 2012
(Bryan Pace/ New York Daily News)
(Bryan Pace/ New York Daily News)

There’s nothing terrifically remarkable about another politician or public figure stating his or her opposition to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban. But there IS something remarkable about Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s rationale for not supporting the controversial ban. It is, far and away, the quote of the week:

“I’m not overweight because of Big Gulp sodas. I’m overweight because I eat too much pasta, pastrami sandwiches, bagels and cream cheese and lox, red velvet cake, cheesecake.”

While Markowitz may have gained some libertarian support with his stand, his clear diss to the rugelach lobby will not go unnoticed.

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.