David Dinkins still backs Bill Thompson for mayor

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David Dinkins and Bill Thompson. (Mark Ovaska via flickr)
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Former mayor Ed Koch has a mayoral candidate for 2013, and so, for the record, does former mayor David Dinkins.

"I support Billy Thompson," Dinkins told me this afternoon.

When I asked him about Koch's endorsement yesterday of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Dinkins said, "Of course it's a challenge. Chris Quinn is a formidable candidate, and so is Billy. Ed Koch supports Chris, I support Billy. End of story. OK?"

Dinkins, New York City's first African-American mayor, backed then-city comptroller Thompson when he ran for mayor in 2009. Koch went with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who narrowly won.

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Dinkins, the city's last Democratic mayor, served only one term before losing to Rudy Giuliani in 1993 2003