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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Koppell Bucks Own Club, Backs Bloomberg for Mayor

On Monday, the Bloomberg campaign announced its eleventeenth millionth endorsement (anyone care who Bono wants to run the Big Apple?), this time from a "Senior Democrat" who turned out to be none other than Bronx City Council member Oliver Koppell.

This is far from surprising, given the kind words Koppell has often reserved for Mayor Mike and the Riverdalian's lead role in helping the mayor secure an extension on term limits.

But it's just a little bit ironic.

During the race for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Council District, Koppell repeatedly used Cassino's support for Bloomberg as a counter-weight to his attacks on Koppell's efforts to overturn the two-term limit (imposed after two citywide referendums) for the city's elected officials.

Makes you wonder if Cassino could have gained an edge if he would have been a little more, um, Democratic about the mayor's race. All we know now is that whoever won that race would have showed up as Bloomberg's eleventeenth millionth endorsement.

Nick Judd of the Riverdale Press also some fantastic stuff on the paper's blog about how others in the Benjamin Franklin Democratic Reform Club feel Koppell made a poor decision. And also how Koppell thinks his endorsement of the mayor might help him get some love in the Council during what will undoubtedly be his third term in office.


  1. Wow. This is really sad.

    Let's see if the chairman Carl Heastie does the right thing and withhold a city council chairmanship from Koppel.

  2. "anyone care who Bono wants to run the Big Apple?"

    Priceless. Let me go ahead and respond with a resounding "NO!"

    in fact, it's safe to say any question that begins with the words "Anybody care" and "Bono" will end with the word "No."

  3. What is Heastie doing for Bill Thompson. NOTHING SHAME SHAME

  4. Is the Ben Franklin Club doing anything for Bill Thompson. I dont think so. They are all for Bloomberg. SHAME SHAME SHAME


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