Koch: Lancman Would Be Great 'Asset' in House

Monday, 02 Apr 2012 03:12 PM

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Ed Koch's Perspective: I have interviewed the three Democratic candidates who will be running for the Democratic designation for member of Congress in New York’s 6th district.

The Democratic Party has three remarkable, first-rate candidates in Rory Lancman, Grace Meng, and Elizabeth Crowley. Their positions on domestic issues are, I believe, similar — if not identical — and are basically in support of the programs of the Democratic Party, which I too support.

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Rory Lancman celebrates his entry into the New York congressional race with supporters.
(Courtesy Rory Lancman for Congress)
On the most important domestic issues of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, I believe they all would fight to retain Social Security and Medicare as entitlements and oppose the efforts of the Republican Party to privatize them.

Similarly so, I believe they will fight to retain Medicaid as an entitlement and oppose the Republican Party’s efforts to turn the program into a block grant. Of course, they support measures to financially stabilize all of these programs.

On the issue of supporting the state of Israel, while I am certain both Grace Meng and Elizabeth Crowley do support Israel, I have found Rory Lancman’s knowledge and insights to be superior on what has to be done on the part of the United States to provide our ally Israel with security against its many enemies in the Mideast region, and protect it from the existential nuclear threats of Iran.

I believe Rory Lancman will be a great asset to the New York delegation and will serve the people of the 6th congressional district in the best possible manner.

I have decided to support the candidacy of Rory Lancman for Congress in the 6th congressional district and campaign for him to the best of my strength and ability.

Edward Koch was the 105th mayor of New York City for three terms, from 1978 to 1989. He previously served for nine years as a congressman. Read more reports from Ed Koch — Click Here Now.

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