Mayor Ed Koch Had an Old Man McGumbus Way About Him

The more I read about Mayor Ed Koch, the more I like him. According to Wikipedia he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, where he served as an infantryman with the 104th Infantry Division, landing in Cherbourg, France in September 1944. He earned three  campaign  stars for service in the European Theater of Operations, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946.

Then he went on to be Mayor of New York City where he had a reputation for fighting for New York City like a pitbull. In his second term, he was such an awesome mayor, that he ran he ran for re-election running on both the Democratic and Republican Party lines; in November he won, defeating his main opponent, Unity Party candidate Frank J. Barbaro, with 75 percent of the vote.

Running in an election as both the Republican and Democratic candidate is classic Old Man McGumbus.
Koch was also a  candidate for Governor but lost after he was interviewed by Playboy magazine, where described the lifestyle of both suburbia and upstate New York as “sterile” and lamented the thought of having to live in “the small town” of Albany as Governor. Koch‘s remarks are thought to have alienated many voters from outside New York City.
Losing an election because of a Playboy interview is also very Old Man McGumbus-like.
We lost a great man in Ed Koch this week. Let’s hope that America can keep producing more great men like him.

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