Twenty years ago, when I was named president of the Catholic League, it gave me an opportunity to return home. I had been away for 16 years.
One of the first persons I got to know was Ed Koch. The former mayor of New York City was now doing radio and TV, writing columns, giving speeches and practicing law. Ed and I met regularly on a local TV debate show, Street Talk New York. I was a guest, and he was one of the two hosts.
Ed was known as a liberal Democrat, although the label is deceiving. He was actually a truly independent thinker, a man who had some clearly conservative convictions. Most of all, he was honest.
And that quality, I believe, is why he was loved by liberals as well...READ MORE