March 11th, 2008
03:36 PM ET
11 years ago

Koch: Spitzer has 'a screw loose'


Watch Koch's interview on The Situation Room.

(CNN) – As the political world comes to grips with revelations of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's involvement in a high-priced prostitution ring, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he thought Spitzer's behavior was "irrational."

"I think there's a screw loose," says Koch. "I believe that his behavior, beginning with his becoming governor, has been irrational. And, what he did is to indicate that he doesn't play by the regular rules, that regular rules don't apply," Koch adds.

Koch also shares his thoughts on Spitzer's political future and whether he thinks Spitzer was targeted by political enemies in New York.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

Filed under: Eliot Spitzer • The Situation Room
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Nobillary Andobama

    Very good observation by the former mayor...maybe that will explain how he could possibly conceive an idea as ludicrous as giving illegal immigrants a driver's license.

    March 11, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    I did not even know Koch was a Democrat and I liked his
    fair comments. It is amazing to me how I can have my
    eyes closed and have the ability to know whether it
    is a Democrat speaking or a Republican Speaking.
    I hear honesty and fairness in this man's voice and

    OBAMA 2008

    March 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. henry

    it takes nine months to come out from the womb,and our entire life trying to get back in(males)

    March 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Spanky

    I'll say this about Mayor Koch - at least we never had to worry about him being mixed up with call girls.

    March 11, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Charlie, Upstate NY

    Ed Koch of all people should not be throwing stones about people's private lives.

    March 11, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. deedee macdonnell

    DEE IN CA.

    March 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. CB

    Spitzer should look to audition for a spot on the next Lord Of The Rings saga. He has experience looking for the precious, being corrupted by the power of the Ring and paying the price for being enticed by the Ring.

    March 11, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Tyler in Raleigh

    "I believe that his behavior, beginning with his becoming governor, has been irrational. And, what he did is to indicate that he doesn't play by the regular rules, that regular rules don't apply"

    Swap the word govenor with presidential candidate and you have a PERFECT description of Hillary Clinton. Irrational, arrogant, does not play by the rules and thinks she is right and above everyone else when she is down in the same dirt as them.

    March 11, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. James, Houston, TX.

    Koch what do You Know? Go buy a Doughnut; At Your AGE; Its not a loose screw; its an over loaded circuit ! He's looking for a new transformer to relieve the Overload!

    March 11, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. polly molly

    who does this remind us of?.. we dont have to think so far back, guess who is going to be very quiet............

    March 11, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. polly molly

    now cheaters can just send a claim to the insurance: oh i have a screw loose, and also explain to their wife that is what the theory goes now..............
    waooo, wonder who can be behind this comment.. cheaters= "having a screw loose"

    March 11, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. ct

    mess. what the men think? That they will not get exposed? I feel sorry for his wife and children, they should not hear the news, it must be painful as it is.
    And do not throw his private nastiness on Hillary. She did not know, no one knew.

    March 11, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Sean McM

    No screw loose at all....he is a MORAL PIGMY!

    March 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Grif

    Good Collie! Ms Polly Molly... Hillary is a Smile a Mile!

    Where's yours????????????

    March 11, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Next President Hillary Clinton 08

    Just another bad seed in our government. They seem to be florishing! DISGUSTING !!!!

    March 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Next President Hillary Clinton 08

    Oh, and I wish women would not " stand by their man " when they do wrong. What in the world are they thinking? Pathetic !!!

    March 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Benjamin

    Mrs Clintion has not been implicated with anything. You Obama supporters need to worry about Rezco. It's coming and pretty soon too!

    March 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. jw, canadian,ok

    Ed Koch, why do you guys/gals keep dragging up all these old fuddies that no one cares about?

    March 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. Manuel TX

    I agree with NZ from NJ.


    March 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  20. Chewbacca

    I suspected something was wrong with this Spitzer when he failed to investigate the manipulation of the gold and silver markets on the COMEX back in 2002.

    March 11, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Grif

    You can guarantee Mr..... If Mr Spitszer needs help.

    There is no way. you could. Definitely, not that night!!!

    March 11, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Paul

    I love Koch. What a breath of fresh air. Would that our current politicians
    had his candor and clear headedness....

    March 11, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Mike

    To: NZ in NJ I want to play.

    What proof is there that John McCain Can deal with a foreign policy crisis.
    answer: 25+ years dealing with foreign policy in the Senate as a member of the foreign policy committee.

    What proof is there that John McCain will cross party lines and work non-partisan with Democrats?
    answer: He is the only one of the three that has done that, and currently has 4 active bills drafted with a Democrat counterpart.

    What proof is there that "past behavior" will not come back to haunt John McCain?
    answer: because the only "scandal" where John McCain's name ever appeared was the "Keating 5". John McCain was cleared completely by the DEMOCRAT attorney who was in charge of prosecuting the case.

    Case closed.

    March 11, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Mickey, NY

    Who really gives a crap what Koch thinks these days anyhow.

    March 11, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Jack S.

    Spitzer merely got caught being human. He obviously had issues with his marriage or this would not even come into the picture.

    The path he took to fill his needs was what was illegal. If he had a woman or girlfriend on the side and transported her to Washington only his wife would have cared, not the feds.

    March 11, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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