Alex Burns Reports: In a story on the former New York City mayor’s tradition of Saturday social gatherings, the New York Times details an exchange between Ed Koch and billionaire GOP benefactor Sheldon Adelson:
The anecdote Mr. Koch shared on this recent Saturday was original because the subject had unfolded just the day before. Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire gambling mogul and bankroller of conservative political causes, had invited himself to Mr. Koch’s law office. “His opening line was, ‘People have told me you’re the only person in the world that can elect Romney in Florida,’ ” Mr. Koch said.
“I said: ‘Don’t be ridiculous. It is not true,’ ” he added. “I wanted to say, ‘Well maybe it’s partially true.’ ”
“You’re always modest,” said John LoCicero, an old friend and a political adviser.
Mr. Koch says he steadfastly supports President Obama because he differs with Mitt Romney’s position on many major domestic and social issues. But Mr. Koch, who is 87 and walks with a cane, said he begged off campaigning personally for the president in Florida. “I told them my doctor told me I’m too fragile,” he said. “And I don’t want to wind up in a hospital there that has only old people.”
Koch has gone from being a major irritant for national Democrats — recall his role in electing Republican Bob Turner to Congress from Queens — to being, basically, a team player who occasionally goes off message.