When I asked Assemblyman Rory Lancman this morning about how he’ll respond if Republicans try to turn his election against Republican Rep. Bob Turner into a referendum on Israel, he specifically pointed out a hawkish Daily News op-ed he penned with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in 2007.
Koch served as the driving force behind Turner’s strategy of turning last summer’s election with Assemblyman David Weprin into a referendum on President Barack Obama’s Israel policy, but Lancman seems to feel this op-ed could blunt any opposition from Koch this time around.
The op-ed, which is also prominently displayed on Lancman’s congressional exploratory committee website, is called “Dems Must Confront Iran” and praises then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s tough Iran policy platform.
Lancman and Koch wrote, in part:
“Simply put, the American people have a right to ask each presidential candidate: If you can’t stand up and support a nonbinding resolution designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, how can we expect you as President to stand up to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on nuclear proliferation, training and arming Iraqi insurgents, and financing and supplying Hezbollah and Hamas?
Today, we are again a nation at war. Our next President cannot be paralyzed into inaction by our current President’s failures in Iraq. Let us not go back to the pre-9/11 era, when our failure to confront terror organizations and the states that back them only emboldened and enabled our enemies. And let’s not condemn the country to four more years of Republican misrule by failing to convince America that the Democratic Party recognizes the threat Iran poses to the safety and security of the United States, and has the will to address that threat.”
Since last summer’s special election between Turner and Weprin, Koch has reversed course and made up with President Obama on Israel policy. Still, Koch is continuing to back Turner’s re-election, recently holding a fundraiser for the Republican.
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