Al Sharpton: Koch Was ‘Authentic’


sharpton1The Rev. Al Sharpton was one of Mayor Ed Koch’s loudest critics, but was remembering the mayor fondly upon his death Friday.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, the late mayor and the Rev. Sharpton butted heads for years. But Sharpton always respected Koch.

“He was authentic,” Sharpton said. “He never patronized you.”

Sharpton recalled when Koch appeared with him in unfriendly territory – a church in Harlem.

“And I remember he walked out on the pulpit that night, and this in the height of the Giuliani years, and he just opened his arms and said, ‘Do you miss me?'” Sharpton said. “And the whole crowd stood up and started clapping, to my shock. That was Ed Koch.”

But Sharpton does feel Koch had a blind spot when it came to race relations in the city.

Source: WCBS 880 AM

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  1. Sharpton has paid his wages and his day is not your factor anymore. I actually enjoy seeing him on MSNBC and I have given him credit for his ambassadorship to tomorrow. And his dignity is a definite issue that is not for you to delve into in your prism of disregard for the human spirit. Thanks.