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ALBANY — The law professor who lost a liberal party endorsement to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo revised her campaign filing Tuesday to raise money to potentially force a Democratic primary for governor.
Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor, changed the name of her campaign account for governor to reflect that it is now incorporated, two weeks after she lost the Working Families Party line for governor, according to the state Board of Elections. That change allows her to collect campaign donations in a continued exploratory campaign for governor.
She said she will soon make a decision on whether to run. Under state law, she would have to file her petitions and report her fundraising by mid-July.
“You are not going to get rid of me,” Teachout said in an interview Wednesday. “I’m ready to run an absolutely serious campaign at a critical time for New York.”
Teachout could use the candidacy to subject Cuomo to a long summer of focused liberal criticism if she forces her way into a September primary. She would have to collect thousands of names statewide on nominating petitions in a costly process.
Although Cuomo landed some landmark liberal goals including legalizing gay marriage, raising the minimum wage and enacting a new gun-control law, some liberal leaders feel he hasn’t done enough.
He faces Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.