Friday, May 11, 1984
Richard Grayson's plan to draft New York Mayor Ed Koch as a presidential candidate is covered in the "New York Day by Day" column in The New York Times today (May 11, 1984):
NEW YORK DAY BY DAY:
A Hat in the Ring, Sort Of
By SUSAN HELLER ANDERSON AND MAURICE CARROLL
Koch for President? ''Koch is our man,'' said Richard Grayson, an English teacher at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He and his brother, Jonathan, have formally filed with the Federal Election Commission as the Committee to Draft Ed Koch for President.
Richard Grayson is listed as treasurer, Jonathan Grayson as Chief Wacko.
What does it matter that the Mayor of New York couldn't get elected Governor of New York? "He's popular," said Richard Grayson, "He's written a No. 1 best-seller. He could be a compromise candidate."
It does not take money or much organizational effort to form a committee, Mr. Grayson said, nor does the committee intend to do much. "What we'd like is to give him the idea."
"Flattering," responded the Mayor, "but I couldn't get elected if I wanted to. And I don't want to. I'm for Mondale."