Emily's List endorses Lt. Gov. candidate Hochul

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Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul on Aug. 7, 2014 in Mineola. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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ALBANY -- Former Rep. Kathy Hochul was endorsed Tuesday by Emily's List, a political group that funds women candidates, in Hochul’s bid for lieutenant governor.

Hochul of Buffalo is Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s running mate. They face a Sept. 9 primary against Zephyr Teachout who is running for governor and Tim Wu, who is challenging Hochul.

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“New Yorkers can count on leadership that will expand opportunity for women and families by ending gender discrimination in pay, protecting reproductive health care access, and strengthening programs that will protect women from violence,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List. “Democratic women like Kathy are the key to unlocking the progressive agenda in New York.”

Emily's List funds women Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.

On Monday Wu criticized Hochul’s voting record in Congress, calling it too conservative for Democratic voters. He said she voted with Republicans against President Barack Obama on some measures including a bill to defund screenings for breast and cervical cancer.

"We clearly need more women in politics,” said Wu, a Columbia University law professor. “But we also need female candidates who, like Zephyr Teachout, are actually fighting for policies that improve women's lives.”

Teachout has been endorsed by the state chapter of the National Organization for Women. The NOW chapter predicted the Fordham law professor would shake up “Albany and the old boys club that runs this state for the benefit of the few.”

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A spokeswoman for Emily's List didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Teachout was considered.

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