Koch and Giuliani will appear together for Donovan’s re-election on Staten Island
Former mayors Rudy Giuliani and Ed Koch—who in the past have had no great love for one another—will appear together tomorrow on Staten Island to endorse Dan Donovan for re-election as Staten Island district attorney, the campaign announced today.
Donovan, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Michael Ryan, a Democratic candidate who also has the support of the local Conservative Party.
The story of how the Democratic candidate got support from the Conservative Party has its roots in a 2007 criminal case involving a relative of the current Staten Island borough president, who is also a longtime Conservative Party member. That borough president, Jim Molinaro, wanted the case dropped. Donovan recused himself and had it sent to the D.A. in Brooklyn, who prosecuted it.
The Conservative Party's support for the Democratic candidate has been a hotly contested point in the race, with one of Donovan's supporters saying the party has been "prostituted" by the current borough president.
Koch and Giuliani have actually made a functional sort of peace with one another. Koch says they're "friends" now, and Giuliani has leant his name to Koch's reform group, NY Uprising. They found themselves on the same of a race recently when they both endorsed Republican Bob Turner in the special election for Anthony Weiner's old congressional seat, but they didn't make any joint appearances.