Zephyr Teachout says she’s already collected 25,000 signatures to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary in September and plans to get up to 45,000 before the petitioning process ends July 10.
The Fordham University law professor said she’s certain that Cuomo will use his team of lawyers and campaign staff to pour over her petition signatures to try to get her thrown off the ballot.
“Cuomo has over $30 million, and we fully expect that he’ll spend as much as he needs of that campaign cash to challenge all the signatures that we have,” Teachout told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today. “The one thing is that we are certain of he’d rather fight me in court than in the Democratic primary.”
The Buffalo News reported earlier today on Teachout’s petition push.
She said she’s using a mix of volunteers and paid staffers to circulate petitions.
“We are organizing around the state to really build a powerful case, both to get on the ballot and to show the grassroots support,” Teachout said.
Teachout is running to Cuomo’s left, saying the Democratic governor’s positions and record aren’t in line with most New Yorkers.
She lost the Working Families Party nomination to Cuomo on May 31 after the governor agreed to help Democrats win back the majority in the Senate and agree to push a liberal agenda at the Capitol.