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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

DAYLIGHT: The Common Good Hosts Mayor Ed Koch at the Midtown Executive Club

Peachy Deegan today had lunch with Mayor Koch!  No, not at Swifty' wasn't just the two of them...but maybe next time.  Today, Whom You Know was honored to be asked to cover an exclusive luncheon hosted by The Common Good, featuring Mayor Ed Koch, the irreverent and outspoken former Mayor of New York, to talk about his initiative to change Albany.  Mayor Koch was disappointed as Peachy was in the low percentage (10%) turnout of primary voters yesterday, among other items of relevant discussion.  The audience was highly entertained by Mayor Koch during the entire discourse, and we think in addition to being the movie critic he is, he should also strongly consider being a comedian!!!  Peachy Deegan did not live in New York when he was Mayor (and even if she did she was too young to comprehend politics at that stage), so she was pleased to meet him now and found him delightful to speak to.  He verbally agreed to be a Mover and Shaker, so you all have something to look forward to!

Mayor Koch is determined to change the dysfunctional Legislature in Albany, and he wants the members to support three concepts which we find reasonable:
1. Vote For Impartial Redistricting Commission
2. Balance the Budget
3. Ethics Reform

Redirecting anger into these positive concepts should prevail.  He believes it will win the majority of the Senate, and every Republican in the Senate has signed up to support these three concepts.  The overall objective is to create a level playing field through redistricting, and although he thinks it would be a miracle to win all over, he believes in Miracles.  We do too....Peachy Deegan does know Mark Johnson from the 1980 Olympic Hockey team and that is our favorite Miracle.  

Among other topics of discussion included Illegal Aliens, which he does not support, and suggests putting their white collar employers in jail for three months to cut down on the problem.  Mayor Koch does support increasing legal immigrants by multiple factors- 2 to 4 times we believe he said. He likes what the State of Arizona is doing.  You know Peachy started as a journalist at age 17 at CBS News here on West 57th Street, but we never told you she started in politics at age 16 in Washington, D.C. for Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson.  And before that in 8th grade she won high honors for the State of Connecticut in debating, but since she lived in Ireland and kissed the Blarney Stone, her talking has been even more effective.  One day maybe we will be as funny as Mayor Koch.  Much of what he said you had to be there for!

One of his funniest remarks:
"Bless the New York Times, not the Editorials, the News."

The Common Good: Not mine.  Not yours.  Not theirs.

We find The Common Good to be Uncommonly Excellent in our first interaction!  We will tell you more in the future, but not on September 29th as Peachy will be at Fete de Swifty then!

The Common Good Luncheon for Mayor Ed Koch
Wednesday, September 15th, 12:15PM
Midtown Executive Club, 40 W. 45th Street

Their upcoming events:

Wednesday, September 29th, 7pm, Special Screening of Restrepo with Sebastian Junger & Tim Hetherington

Wednesday, October 13th, 6-8pm, Town Hall at Hunter College on the Mid Term Elections

Tuesday, October 26th12:15pm Luncheon with author Michael Hirsh, on his new book, Capital        OffenseHow Washington's Wise Men Turned America's Future Over to Wall Street.

Follow Mayor Koch on Twitter!  Peachy is.

THE COMMON GOOD is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization that encourages civil discussion and effective participation by bringing together leading political, business, media and entertainment figures on pressing issues of the day. Participation is by invitation only.
1.   Encourage national debate and support the free exchange of ideas
2.   Promote active participation in the democratic and elective process
3.   Ensure freedom of press and speech and promote creative freedom
4.   Support tolerance for differing points of view
5.   Challenge our leaders and hold them accountable
6.   Seek new ideas
7.   Encourage resolution of problems by finding common ground
8.   Advocate for issues of reform and good government
9.   Educate and empower its members on issues of public importance
THE COMMON GOOD prides itself on its intimate discussions with leading political, media, entertainment figures.  Past speakers include:
President: Bill Clinton
Vice Presidents: Al Gore, Dick Cheney
Government Officials:  James Baker, William Cohen, Henry Kissinger, Peter Peterson, General Wesley Clark, Leslie H. Gelb, Dee Dee Myers, Robert Hormats
Ambassadors:  Dan Gillerman, Munir Akram, Felix Rohatyn, Pierre Vimont
Governors:  Janet Napolitano, David Paterson, Ed Rendell, Bill Richardson, Bill Ritter, Kathleen Sebelius, Brian Schweitzer, Tom Vilsack, Mark Warner, Bill Weld
Senators:  Chirs Dodd, Bob Dole, Chuck Hagel, Steny Hoyer (House Majority Leader), John Kerry, Bob Kerrey, Amy Klobuchar, George Mitchell, Jay Rockefeller, Gordon Smith, Arlen Specter
Elected Officials:  Members of Congress: Harold Ford, Jr., Carolyn Maloney; Mayors: Michael Bloomberg, Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa; Charles Hynes, Raymond Kelly
Media Figures and Newsmakers:  Dan Abrams, Roger Ailes, Jonathan Alter, Tucker Carlson, Joe Conason, Mark Green, Arianna Huffington, Gwen Ifill, Jesse Jackson, Joe Klein, Cynthia McFadden, Mon Meacham, Markos Moulitsas, Ron Brownstein, Bill Schneider, Ted Turner, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Faye Wattleton, Tim Weinger, Mort Zuckerman
Consultants and Advisors:  Doug Bailey, Paul Begala, Joel Benenson, Kellyanne Conway, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Gerald Rafshoon, Ed Rollins, Nouriel Roubini, Doug Schoen
Entertainment Industry Figures:  Ed Begley, Jr., Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Greena Davis, Fats Domino, Danny Glover, Danny Goldberg, Roland Joffe, Barbara Kopple, Bette Midler, Dennis Miller, Sydney Pollack, Tom Selleck, Russell Simmons, Jimmy Smits, Denzel Washington, Debra Winger

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