Former Mayor Koch Backs Gillibrand

Posted June 10, 2009 at 3:06pm
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Edward Koch (Getty)

Will an endorsement a day make a primary challenge go away? That’s certainly what New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping with the daily drip-drip-drip of 2010 endorsements her campaign has announced.

Wednesday the endorser was former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (1978-89), a popular figure downstate. Koch, like Gillibrand, built a record as a centrist Democrat, even going so far as to endorse several Republican statewide candidates, as well as Republican President George W. Bush in 2004. Koch endorsed Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and then Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race.  

Of Gillibrand, Koch said in a statement that he was impressed with her “ability to understand the concerns of all New York families and to form a legislative agenda to address those concerns.”