Scoopy’s, Week of August 30, 2012

Subway was really sluggish…
Rats in the subway, we’ve seen — but giant killer slugs? Playwright Colby Day was recently toting around this pair of mutant gastropod mollusks from his play named, yes, “Giant Killer Slugs.” Likened to “Little Shop of Horrors,” it’s running through Sun., Sept. 2 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., Wed. to Fri., at 9 p.m.; and Sat. and Sun., at 8 p.m. Photo by Bob Krasner

THE KOCH FACTOR: Former Mayor Ed Koch will be stumping for Obama. “I’m campaigning for him in Florida after Labor Day,” Hizzoner told us. The Democrats also want him to visit other states beyond the key Florida battleground and Koch is game. “I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” he said. Although Koch bucked his own party in 2004 to endorse George W. Bush over John Kerry — feeling Bush was better on national security — he’s firmly behind the Democratic president this time around. Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate has its pros and cons, he said. “The Republicans gain something by getting Catholics — who I think are 25 percent of the vote. The Democrats gain something where they can tear into the Republicans on adopting Ryan’s position [on social issues].” A staunch defender of Israel, Koch said Romney’s courting the Jewish vote by meeting with Netanyahu doesn’t sway his position on the U.S. presidential race. “Both parties and both candidates are roughly in the same ballpark supporting Israel,” he told us. “It’s not an issue any longer.” For him, he said, the main issue is Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare and how the Republicans would gut these vital programs. In short, Koch said, “The Republicans have raped the country and the middle class’s safety.”

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