Lost in all the hoopla this week surrounding the long-awaited decision on hydrofracking and the citing of the upstate casinos is the fact that New York State Education Commissioner John King is finishing up his final days on the job.
After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo is now poised to run strongly against his Republican challenger. But will he have any lingering problems after more than one third of primary voters rejected him for an obscure law professor?
Cuomo’s challenger, Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout, managed to win over one third of the vote against the incumbent governor, despite Cuomo’s multi-million dollar war chest and near unanimous support from the state’s Democratic political establishment from Hillary Clinton to local mayors.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul beat off a challenge from two law school professors in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But, challenger Zephyr Teachout won over one third of the vote, opening a potential weakness for the incumbent governor among progressive voters.
One day before the Democratic primary, candidates made a last minute pitch to the small number of voters expected to show up at the polls on Tuesday. Governor Cuomo, who has rarely campaigned over the summer, attended two rallies, in New York City, and in Buffalo, where his running mate Kathy Hochul is from.
Tuesday is primary day in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a challenge from Democrat Zephyr Teachout, which he is expected to easily win, but the governor could face a headache when it comes to the race for his running mate for lieutenant governor.
Cuomo, known as a clever strategist who carefully maps out his political future, did not anticipate a primary challenge from obscure Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout.