Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout wants New York Governor Andrew Cuomo out of Albany. An anti-corruption activist, she believes she can do a better job for New York's citizens – on issues from campaign finance reform to increasing the minimum wage. Teachout lost the Working Families Party nomination over the weekend to Cuomo, but she’s still looking for a fight. Undiscouraged, she wants to run in the Democratic primary against him. She’ll need to get 15,000 to people to sign a nominating petition before July 9 to get on the ballot.
Can she do it? The answer is yes. She’s been officially endorsed by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). With its one million members, PCCC raised over $1.17 million for the “Draft Elizabeth Warren for Senate” campaign. (In addition to Warren, over 30 PCCC-endorsed candidates won their elections.) If Teachout does get on the ballot, Cuomo better brush up on his civic law. Teachout wrote the book on Corruption in America: Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United which will be published by Harvard University Press just before the election (September 2014).
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