WFP's Bertha Lewis rouses crowd with pro-Teachout, anti-Cuomo speech

New York Working Families Party member Bertha Lewis, New York Working Families Party member Bertha Lewis, a founder of the liberal party, drew opponents of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to shout their support for Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor from Brooklyn, Saturday, May 31, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Hans Pennink

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ALBANY -- The Working Families Party nomination for a challenger to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo brought party members to their feet, shouting and chanting, to remove the “Cuomo clowns” from Albany.
 
Bertha Lewis, a founder of the liberal party, drew the opponents of Cuomo to shouting their support for Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor from Brooklyn.
 
“We gave him four years, and then we said, ‘Never Again!” Lewis shouted in her nomination of Teachout. “We come here once again to try to find our soul.”
 
She made the argument that Cuomo failed to succeed in several liberal initiatives and gave tax breaks to banks, while working with Senate Republicans.
 
“Here we are again, at the eleventh hour, to be disrespected again,” Lewis said. “If you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything  . . . we are in the fog of war. And we got a zephyr. We got a strong wind that will blow away all of the Cuomo clowns so we can see clearly.”

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