Tags: Andrew Cuomo | Zephyr Teachout | Tim Wu | New York governors race

Cuomo Faces 2 Unexpected Challenges on Road to Re-election

By    |   Monday, 08 September 2014 06:13 AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's cruise to a second term has it a couple of road bumps, NPR reports

First, there's law professor Zephyr Teachout, Cuomo's Democratic primary opponent. Her liberal campaign has gained steam, and though she is unlikely to beat him, a good showing could hurt Cuomo's presidential ambitions.

"[I]t could certainly make him look less attractive to Democrats, and that's something that's going to matter to the governor," Iona College political science professor Jeanne Zaino told NPR.

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Cuomo was a no-show at a debate on cable TV with Teachout, and he's been quiet since allegations hit that he interfered with his own anti-corruption commission. Cuomo denies those allegations.

The other potential problem for Cuomo is that he could end up with a running mate he doesn't want. In New York, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately, and Columbia University law professor Tim Wu, Teachout's running mate in the primary, may actually beat Cuomo's running mate Kathy Hochul.

As a former member of Congress, Hochul was a conservative, which could hurt her with Democratic primary voters. She has sought to shed that label by garnering the support of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Wu gained The New York Times' endorsement.

"Kathy Hochul's positions are really far out of line with the Democrats who vote in a Democratic primary," Wu told NPR. "She's in a really difficult position."

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