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Cuomo rival Zephyr Teachout says she'd fight beyond WFP convention

New York Working Families Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout

New York Working Families Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout speaks to supporters during the party's convention in Albany on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Hans Pennink

ALBANY -- Zephyr Teachout said she won’t quietly into that political night.

The Fordham law professor from Brooklyn held a news conference at Saturday’s Working Families Party convention to declare she would continue her candidacy even if, as expected, the party’s rank and file reject her for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Although the head count of nearly 200 Working Families Party state delegates on Saturday showed Cuomo would get the liberal party’s nomination by a slim margin, she said she would explore challenging Cuomo in the party’s primary and possibly in a Democratic primary.

That would mean New York’s newest liberal voice could be dogging Cuomo through the summer as he seeks to solidify his liberal base. Cuomo faces Republican nominee Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
 
“I am here because I care about democracy, I care about political democracy, and I care about economic democracy,” Teachout said in what appeared to be her first major news conference. “What I see is this immense concentration of wealth and power is threatening both economic and political democracy.”
 
She said she spent her life in law fighting corruption and injustice. Specifically, she pushed for a robust, permanent system of using public funds to match small donations as a way to limit the influence of big donors in politics.
 
“And I don’t think the governor can be trusted on campaign finance reform,” she said.
 
She said she needs to spend a few days after the Working Families Party convention to determine if she has enough support and money to continue her fight.

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