(Washington Times - 23 August 2004)
Calling himself a "liberal with sanity," former New York Mayor Ed Koch — a longtime Democrat — said he decided to support President Bush in the 2004 election because of Mr. Bush's stance on Iraq.
"While I don't agree with Bush on any domestic matters, there's only one matter that's important in this race, and that relates to standing up to international terrorism, taking it on — and George Bush has established that he is willing to do that," Mr. Koch said in an interview broadcast yesterday on the "News Forum" program on New York TV station WNBC.
Mr. Koch crossed party lines earlier this year to endorse Mr. Bush. He said Mr. Bush's unwavering opinions contrasted favorably with what he called the "hypocrisy" of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, who Mr. Koch said has wavered on Iraq and homosexual "marriage."
The former mayor, who has long dodged questions about his sexuality, called the uproar over New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation "a Greek tragedy."
"I don't think people are distressed in largest numbers ... about his lover, who is male. I think they're distressed that he put his lover on the payroll," he said.
Mr. Koch said he had never specified his own sexual orientation out of a desire for privacy.
"If there's one area of privacy, it's still sexual activity," he said. "Although I will tell you, at the age of 80, I consider any question concerning my sexual exploits to be complimentary."