Zephyr Teachout: Cuomo “building power through fear”

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Zephyr Teachout said she’ll decide in the next week on whether to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary after she lost the Working Families Party nod to him on Saturday.

Zephyr TeachoutTeachout, a Fordham University law professor, lost to Cuomo 59 percent to 41 percent at the WFP convention.

“I talked to some folks there who said, ‘My heart is with you, but I can’t vote for you because I’m afraid of what would happen to this institution,’ whether it be a labor union or a community organization. ‘I’m afraid that the governmental power of Cuomo would end up sucking the resources from the people I care and love,'” Teachout said this morning on The Nicole Sandler Show.

“That’s building power through fear.”

Teachout said she still hasn’t ruled out running in a primary against Cuomo.

“People really, really want somebody who speaks to their values and want someone, not just on the campaign trail, but in the office of governor who will wake up every morning thinking about how we can build an economy that works for everyone – not just a few people,” she said.

She added, “My real only question on this is whether we’re going to have the resources. Because I don’t come from the money power. I don’t have Cuomo’s rich friends.”

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