(Updates with quote from Wu, fixes references to Teachout)
ALBANY — In a ramped-up fight for the growing Asian vote in New York, former Rep. Kathy Hochul has received the endorsement of several Asian-American politicians and organizations in her bid for lieutenant governor against Tim Wu.
On Thursday, Wu said his campaign with Democratic challenger for governor Zephyr Teachout has gained the support of a growing number of Asian-American voters and volunteers.
The Democratic primary is Sept. 9.
On Friday, Hochul, who is running with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, announced the endorsement of Rep. Grace Meng, Assemb. Ron Kim (D-Queens) and Councilwoman Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan). Also endorsing Hochul were groups including the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the New York Chinese Business Association.
“In Congress, Kathy Hochul fought for federal support for education, working men and women and jobs,” Meng said.
Wu has criticized Hochul’s record in Congress as too conservative on guns and the environment and accused her of siding with Republicans over President Obama in key votes.
“Hochul has already proven she’ll say anything to get elected. Now she hopes she can ignore and misrepresent her record without anyone noticing,” he said Friday. “It won’t work.”
Hochul, who represented a conservative Buffalo-area district, said Wu was distorting her position on a few votes. She said her overall voting record shows she is progressive. She has been endorsed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).
The U.S. Census Bureau reported more than 1.4 million Asians in the state, a figure that has grown to over 7 percent of the state population.
Asian-Americans in New York turned out to vote at a rate of 86 percent in 2012, which was a higher rate than the national average, according to the Asian American Justice Center, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, and National Asian-American Survey.
Wu is a Columbia law professor and is running with Teachout, a Fordham law professor. Statewide polls show Cuomo with a big lead over Teachout and his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.