Teachout: After win in court, another call for debate with Cuomo

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout speaks to supporters

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout speaks to supporters in Brooklyn on Aug. 7, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Peter Morgan

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ALBANY -- Fresh from her win over Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo who sought to knock her off the Democratic primary ballot, Zephyr Teachout is renewing her call for a debate with the governor.

“New York Democrats deserve a debate between Andrew Cuomo and myself about the issues that real New Yorkers care about: Schools, fracking, corruption and building a fair and strong economy,” she said.

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Cuomo’s campaign has so far not committed to debate Teachout or Republican candidate Rob Astorino, as reported in Monday’s Newsday.

Cuomo’s campaign had no immediate comment Monday on the prospects of a debate.

The state League of Women Voters sent letters to candidates a week ago urging each  to participate in debates organized and regulated by the league.

Monday’s court decision securing the Fordham law professor’s place in a Democratic primary in September follows a bitter fight between the she and Cuomo in May. Cuomo withstood a strong challenge by Teachout to secure the liberal Working Families Party endorsement and an additional ballot line.

Cuomo’s campaign also failed in its challenge to Teachout’s petitions to get on the ballot and on Monday failed in its argument that Teachout didn’t meet the 5-year residency requirement for running for governor.

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Polls should few New Yorkers know of Teachout and Cuomo has a huge lead over her among Democratic voters. Teachout is trying to capitalize on liberal Democrats, some of whom think Cuomo didn’t fulfill all of his progressive promises. Liberal voters usually dominate Democratic primary votes and polls show support for Cuomo by most self-described liberals.


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