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Before he died in February, Ed Koch made it clear: He wanted Christine Quinn to be the city’s next mayor.
And while he didn’t get the chance to campaign by her side, his old friends tried to do the next best thing with an invitation to join them for Mr. Koch’s weekly luncheon club–a tradition that dates back to the 1960s.
“This group of gentlemen–and perhaps a few others–used to have lunch just about every Saturday with Ed Koch,” explained Ms. Quinn, as she sat around the circular wooden table at the upscale City Hall Restaurant in Lower Manhattan, a frequent spot for political fund-raisers and events.
While former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s leap into the race for city comptroller shocked much of the political establishment, his opponent’s campaign told Politicker today they knew Mr. Spitzer was mulling a comeback.
“I think we heard rumors two weeks ago,” said George Arzt, a spokesman for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, making them one of the few people that knew Mr. Spitzer would actually take the plunge into what was once a one-horse race. “We weren’t gearing up for it, but we were trying to nail it down. We were trying to find out if it was true.”
How's He Doing?
When former Mayor Ed Koch went to the hospital earlier this month after suffering a buildup of fluid in his lungs and ankles due to congestive heart disease, he was out after eight days. Mr. Koch returned to New York Presbyterian on Monday and, according to his spokesman George Arzt, though the mayor’s condition has improved, this latest trip to the hospital may be a longer one.