Constitutional law professor Zephyr Teachout, running against Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial primary (Tuesday, September 9), like Elizabeth Warren, is a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party. Cuomo, although he championed marriage equality, has abandoned his progressive base and has become a dino (Democrat in name only and yeah, a dinosaur too).
While I choose to remain an optimist until every vote is counted and root for Teachout to triumph over Cuomo, there’s a genuine possibility that her running mate for Lieutenant Governor, Tim Wu, will defeat Kathy Hochul, who in Congress has behaved as if she were one of Boehner’s minions. Historically primary turnout is shamefully low (in the last gubernatorial primary, 2006, only 15% of registered Democrats voted), so a very small number of committed people can determine the election.
Progressives Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu would work to curtail the influence of corporate money on New York government, ban fracking and safeguard the environment from oil and gas interests, reverse Cuomo’s deep cuts to public education and tax cuts for banks and billionaires, champion net neutrality and the Dream Act. And clean up Albany.