Former three-term New York City mayor Ed Koch died from congestive heart failure this morning at the age of 88, reports Reuters
. The Democrat, TV star, professor, author and lifelong, unabashed New Yorker has been dubbed by the current mayor of NYC, Michael Bloomberg, a "quintessential" man of Gotham.
Business Insider passes along
some of Koch's thoughts from years past on topics ranging from from the city vs. suburb debate to ex-president Jimmy Carter, of whom Koch was apparently no fan:
"Have you ever lived in the suburbs?" Koch asked Playboy
interviewers in 1982. "It's nothing, it's wasting your life, and people do not wish to waste their lives once they've seen New York!"
It was this comment that sunk Koch's shot at being the governor of the Empire State, notes BI
. And in an interview with Real Clear Politics
in 2008, Koch shared his reasons for why Jimmy Carter is his most "despised living person." In short, it's his fellow Democrat's perceived hostility toward Israel:
I was popular with the Jewish community, and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, "You have done me more damage than any man in America."
I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas.
The New York Times
has penned a full obituary for Koch, which includes coverage of his controversial role in the burgeoning AIDS crisis in the early 80s. Read it here
Via Reuters, Business Insider and the New York Times