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Last week there was big news when Zephyr Teachout got the endorsement of the Public Employees Federation for her primary against Andrew Cuomo. Which got people paying attention to the campaign. Meanwhile other large unions are also not endorsing the Governor. However, these developments are probably causes to celebrate for some of the Governor's wealthier donors, like the Koch Brothers.

This week Teachout survived another legal challenge by the Cuomo campaign to have her thrown off the ballot.

“With this frivolous lawsuit behind us, I’m hopeful the governor will now agree to debate,” Ms. Teachout said in a statement shortly after the decision was announced. “We have very different visions for where we want to take the state.”

A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo’s campaign, Peter E. Kauffmann, declined to comment on the latest ruling beyond saying the campaign would not appeal.

Of course the Cuomo campaign is still not agreeing to debate Teachout despite increased calls in the media for a debate, like this from the NYTimes editorial board.

Her criticisms are mostly legitimate, and he should defend his first term in a series of robust debates with her in the weeks before the primary, rather than through the timidity of litigation.
TV channel NY1 has invited Cuomo to debate Teachout in an hour long live debate and Bob Hardt, their political director, has taken some shots at Cuomo and his presidential aspirations in the process:
Should a presidential run ever be in his future, Cuomo likely needs to understand what it's like to step out of his comfort zone and actually engage someone who doesn't agree with him. After all, Comedians aren't really funny if they're always playing to canned laughter.
And despite Cuomo's unwillingness to debate or discuss his positions for the Democratic voters of New York, he did find one place he was willing to talk. Fox News.
The governor appeared on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo (yes, the same Maria Bartiromo who hosts the regional economic development council awards show) to talk about his trip, if it foreshadows a run for a certain office in a certain house in Washington and about the Moreland Commission.
Not surprising he would show up on Fox News because this is where someone backed by a group called Republicans for Cuomo should feel most comfortable.

Meanwhile a poll released this week shows that voters in New York think Cuomo is part of the culture of corruption in New York politics.

A new poll released Wednesday morning shows that New Yorkers see Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of a culture of corruption that voters believe is a serious problem. The poll comes weeks after federal prosecutors launched an investigation into Cuomo's decision to shut down an anti-corruption panel -- a move that critics say was designed to prevent the panel from scrutinizing his administration.
This poll and the ongoing investigation basically assure Cuomo will not debate Teachout.

And while Cuomo was on Fox News talking about his trip to Israel, Albany columnist Fred LeBrun had a different take on that trip.

Cuomo seldom leaves the state, let alone the country. So it's also reasonable to see his descent on Israel as another dramatic attempt to distract from an unaccustomed cloud bank gathering over his administration. It's hardly a surprise that it remains all about Andrew and not necessarily about Israel.
All about Andrew. This should be the real campaign slogan for the Cuomo campaign.  Cuomo and his staff of careerists have had their eyes on D.C. from the day he was elected. And the people of New York have been collateral damage in this delusional mission.

And now in a Democratic primary in New York, voters have a choice. They can go with the guy who was dubbed Governor 1% for being funded by Republican billionaires intent on destroying the middle class and the social safety net in this country. The same "Democrat" who runs to Fox News when he needs a friendly interview. Or they can vote for Zephyr Teachout who is standing up for traditional Democratic values and the 99%.

Originally posted to Justin Mikulka on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 09:44 AM PDT.

Also republished by New York City.

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  •  Cuomo the lesser has done real harm to NYS (7+ / 0-)

    I was somewhat taken back by a comment made in another "Teachout" diary. "Cuomo isnt all that bad" This comment was posted by a respected kossak from New York. I have some information that might just change their mind about Governor 1%.

    •  Cuomo's administration is busy privatizing OPWDD (5+ / 0-)

      The OPWDD of New York State is busy either shutting down or transferring to private companies facilities all over the state of New York.
      The Cuomo administration brought in high priced consultants fresh off the job privatizing facilities in Wisconsin for Scott Walker's administration. These actions by Cuomo's administration are hurting the developmentally disabled patients that this agency is supposed to be helping. The private care facilities do not save the state any money. Even though they are "Non Profit" they in fact provide care for profit. The state employees at facilities that get shut down are offered "other positions" within the same department in NYS. This is just a show so that the state can claim no layoffs. Recently a facility was closed and over 160 employees were no longer employed. The State is claiming no one was "laid off". They turned down job offers on the other side of the state for less money at a facility that is slated to close in about two years. Hence, they were not "laid off". The developmentally disabled patients do not fare so well under the private care system. For example, there was an adult male with a very low I.Q. transferred from a state run facility to one of the private facilities. He had a bad day and acted out in the new facility. The employees of the private care facility called the police on him. He was arrested for assault and wound up in the Rikers Island Correctional Facility. He is in there confined with the criminally insane. You can figure out for yourself how well that is going.

      •  Your comment only shows how New Yorkers lose in... (3+ / 0-)
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        Your comment only shows how New Yorkers lose in a pay for play system. In the next two weeks I think it's all about letting people know there is somebody running to put these issues in the media.

        This primary is the first chance voters have had to weigh in on #fracking and standardized testing and a democratic minority in the state Senate. We could go on for days about how Cuomo is the prodigal son that never connects to real people.

        I'm more interested now in getting out the vote and going to events, calling Democrats etc. it would just be so awesome and amazing to see Cuomo get Cantorized. What would the headline say?

    •  I had the same reaction (5+ / 0-)
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      if Cuomo isn't that bad, you can shut the doors on the Democratic party.  

      There are attacks from Kossacks like the one who made that comment that are common in politics. And that person in particular stated they have significant political campaign experience.  So using the standard playbook for attacks isn't surprising.

      It wouldn't be the first time I've seen people who say they support progressive values attack a candidate that actually campaigns on them because it isn't "their" progressive candidate. Political professionals have to look out for themselves and if someone comes in and shakes things up, it could be trouble for their career if they aren't on the bandwagon.  

      And thus they defend a Fox News Koch Brothers Democrat.

      •  Thanks for the insight into this........ eom (2+ / 0-)
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      •  Actually only David Koch and his wife (1+ / 0-)
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        contributed, per your link, not the Koch Brothers. David Koch (who has a residence in the infamous Billionaires Building at 740 Park Avenue in NYC) and his wife gave Prince Andrew about $87,000, which is the way I recalled it.
        I have not seen any reports that Charles Koch of Wichita KS, or any of the less consequential Kochs, contributed substantially to Cuomo.

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 08:39:38 PM PDT

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        •  Teachout says she has more donors than Cuomo (1+ / 0-)
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          ...in numbers of actual flesh and blood people. Of course that doesn't mean she has raised anywhere near as much money.  The great bulk of Andrew's war-chest came in amounts of $1000 and up.  Teachout gets modest contributions from members of the 99%, the class of people who don't have tens of kilobucks of disposable income, who can't anticipate megabucks of benefit from favorable policies.

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 08:46:25 PM PDT

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        •  Ha! "Prince Andrew." I like that! n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  Anyone who supports Cuomo is (2+ / 0-)
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      Part of the group people on the left have feared

      We are talking about republicans who left because they went totally bat-shit-crazy and joined the Democratic party.

      They bring their trickle down (piss on the poor) economics and beliefs and support people like Governor 1%!

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 01:46:03 PM PDT

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  •  If anyone wants a Teachout/Wu poster (0+ / 0-)

    for their window, I just finished the artwork for it. The campaign doesn't have any, but they invited us to make one ourselves. It closely follows the graphic design of the rest of the campaign's print materials.

    You'll have to print it yourself, but otherwise it's free for the asking. Just kosmail me with an email address and I'll send you the file.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 12:41:58 PM PDT

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