NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch said he’s proud of what he did in the 9th Congressional District — helping Republican Bob Turner get elected. But now, he’s backing a Democrat.

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Koch made the election for the seat vacated by scandal-scarred Rep. Anthony Weiner a referendum on President Barack Obama.

“Look, I criticized the President because I thought that he showed hostility to the state of Israel,” Koch said.

But Koch now says he has been persuaded otherwise.  He told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks that he was “not going to make this linger” and have people “wonder what I’m going to do.”

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“I’m going to say it immediately and that’s what I did.  I am on the Obama express bus for re-election,” Koch told Brooks.

“He has subsequently convinced me by not only his comments to me directly, but also by his statement to the United Nations,” Koch told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.

Koch said he’s ready to hit the campaign trail for the President and he expects Obama to serve a second term.

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