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

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

by
Marc Tracy
June 14, 2011
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

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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