Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says Assemblywoman Addie Russell is an enemy of reform and deserves to be defeated on Tuesday. Mayor Koch was on the HOTLINE today where he talked about New York UpRising, a non-partisan group pushing legislative and redistricting reform.
Hizzoner is supporting Republican David Forsythe.
Mr. Koch declined to call Ms. Russell a "bum" even though his ads do suggest throwing the bums out.
Assemblywoman Russell called and said the former Mayor has a downstate agenda and that she is in fact willing to consider reform measures on an a la carte basis.
Mayor Koch also talked about the 1977 mayoral race where the campaign of then foe Mario Cuomo is said to have circulated the slogan "Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo," a reference to Koch' unmarried status. Mr Koch says he believes son Andrew was not part of the smear, then in a wry way said "but we will never know."
I did ask him "How am I Doin'? and he seemed to enjoy the reference to his favorite slogan.