Potential WFP gubernatorial candidate launches website

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As the liberal Working Families Party weighs whether to back Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a potential alternate candidate has launched a gubernatorial campaign website.

Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor, is favored by some members of the minor party who have been critical of Cuomo’s economic policies, including tax breaks for corporations. Teachout’s website describes her as “Working Families Democrat for Governor” and a “leading advocate to help prevent wealthy and corporate donors from buying our democracy.”

"I'm running because New Yorkers need an economy and democracy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected," she said in a statement on the web site.

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She worked on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and with the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.

The Working Families Party, largely backed by labor unions, is set to hold its nominating convention Saturday in Albany. Cuomo is trying to mend fences with the party to secure its ballot line. On Thursday, Cuomo reasserted that he will fight to institute a public-financing system of campaigns -- a key issue for some WFP members -- and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged the WFP to back the governor.

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