Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent says his office’s alleged meddling in a corruption probe is a bigger violation of voter trust than ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer soliciting prostitutes.
Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout took to the radio Thursday morning to question Cuomo’s role in interfering with the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption panel he launched last year with the broad charge to investigate public malfeasance.
On public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom,” Teachout reiterated her call for Cuomo to resign — but only if he knew of top aide Larry Schwartz’ actions in curtailing subpoenas to Cuomo allies, as detailed in Wednesay’s New York Times.
When it comes to violating the public trust, meddling in a corruption probe is worse than Spitzer’s transgressions, Teachout said. Spitzer resigned in 2008 after it was revealed he was a customer of a prostitution ring.
“This is a far more fundamental violation of the public trust than what Spitzer did,” Teachout said.
Teachout called on Cuomo to detail his role in the Moreland Commission investigation, which Cuomo had originally vowed would be independent but has since claimed ownership of. Cuomo did not comment Wednesday and has no public events currently scheduled for Thursday.
“I think we have a really important moment where we have to find out exactly what Gov. Andrew Cuomo knew, we have to find out when he knew it,” Teachout said. “We have to find out how involved he was.”
Teachout is attempting to primary Cuomo for the Democratic ballot line in November, when Cuomo will seek re-election to a second term. But Cuomo’s campaign is challenging Teachout’s petitions to get on the primary ballot as well as whether she meets the five-year residency requirement to run for governor.
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