Fordham Law


Zephyr Teachout: I'm not going anywhere-- and I still don't trust Gov. Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout in New York Daily News, June 01, 2014

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Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University law professor who challenged Gov. Cuomo for the Working Families Party  line, accused the governor Sunday night of making threats through the budget in order to secure the nomination.

The little-known Teachout mocked Cuomo for not topping 60% against a little-known first-time challenger and vowed to keep fighting for the party.

"I lost the Working Families Party nomination for Governor of the State of New York to Andrew Cuomo last night.," she said in a statement. "I won 41.3 percent of the vote; he won 58.7 percent.

"No doubt, the odds were against me. Leading up to the convention, the governor used his power over the state budget to threaten groups who might vote against him. On the day of the convention, a mayor, state attorney general, and party leaders all whipped delegates to vote for Governor Cuomo. And still, they couldn’t even break 60 percent against an unknown first-timer. It shows the deep dissatisfaction with the Cuomo administration, and the raw hunger for deep change.

"I’ve seen how fiercely working families are fighting – the teachers, the bus drivers – for good jobs and fair pay, for affordable housing and quality schools. I’ve seen that we can’t just fight for higher wages and campaign finance reform. We need a whole different argument about what kind of America we want to live in. We need to fight the concentration of wealth and power that is choking off our democracy and our economy.

"This week a number of leaders in the Working Families Party struck a deal with Governor Cuomo. I do not support the deal because I believe that New Yorkers deserve much, much more. Because Governor Cuomo’s record shows that he is untrustworthy. And because I believe that in democracy you should never let a primary – or power – go uncontested.

"If we are to tackle power, we must first build it among ourselves. I plan to keep working with New Yorkers – and with the Working Families Party – in the months and years ahead to amass this power. This is just the beginning."