MASSACHUSETTS: “U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch launched his bid for the U.S. Senate on Thursday casting himself as a ‘bread and butter’ Democrat who learned firsthand how government can offer a hand up in hard times,” AP reports.
Frank Lautenberg on the Menendez scandal, per the Star-Ledger: "If there are infractions as they are reported, it’s too bad.” He said the accusations are “devastating,” but noted Menendez “has built an almost sterling reputation for a lot of years and our hope is that this, what we’re hearing, is not as it’s presented. I think Bob will survive this with his good work. This is a terrible tragedy. And we’re not yet sure what all of the facts are."
NEW YORK: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died from congestive heart failure. He was 88.
The New York Times calls him “the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88.”
Michael Tomasky has this remembrance: “Koch was most famous of course as a three-term mayor of New York during pretty rough times, 1978 to 1990. Crime. The fiscal crisis. Roiling racial tension. He handled some of it exceedingly well, some of it less so. But his career really went back to 1960, and he pretty perfectly embodied and personified the complicated and ultimately quite unhappy relationship between liberalism and the white ethnic urban middle class… He became the congressman from what we used to call the "Silk Stocking" district on the East Side, ran for mayor and lost in 1973, and then tried again in 1977. For a Manhattanite who was up to then a pretty standard liberal, he did something unusual. He decided to position himself as the outer-borough candidate against Mario Cuomo, who was the literal outer-borough candidate (from Queens). Koch backed the death penalty, wasn't above a little Archie Bunker-ish lingua franca to get his point across. He won in a runoff.”
“Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign quietly donated nearly $90,000 to the Red Cross in late November, according to a report filed Thursday night with the Federal Election Commission,” Politico notes.