Tuesday brought the Democratic primaries for governor and lieutenant governor to a close. Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, defeated by Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, hosted their supporters at an election night party in Hell’s Kitchen.
We spoke with each them after their speeches.
I began by asking Teachout whether she had spoken with Andrew Cuomo and whether she plans to endorse or support him in the general election.
I began by asking Wu for any overriding or impression from the campaign, as well as any disappointments. I also asked whether he had called Kathy Hochul to concede.
(Continue reading for full speeches by Zephyr Teachout, Tim Wu and Bertha Lewis.) Continue reading
Today’s Labor Day Parade featured many elected officials and candidates.
Teachout & Cuomo:
Among those attending, gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout. She tried to say hello to her opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, as the parade was about to begin. Here’s what happened:
Update – Cuomo Description:
Governor Cuomo was asked (by Newsday’s Matthew Chayes) about his parade “run in … with Teachout” at an afternoon press conference. Here’s how he described their encounter:
Watch his full press conference here.
Update #2 – Wu & Cuomo:
Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu, allied with Zephyr Teachout, also went over to Governor Cuomo at the start of the parade. Here’s what happened, along with Wu’s post-encounter recap:
Wu appeared at a Hochul campaign stop on Friday evening to say hello to his opponent. Watch.
Update #3 – Cuomo Responses:
Governor Cuomo has held three press conferences since leaving the parade on Saturday morning, and he’s been asked about his Teachout encounter each time. We’ve included each of his responses in this updated edition of the parade video.
Update #4 – Did Cuomo See Teachout?:
An extended clip, showing Cuomo appearing to notice Teachout before she approached him and advising his campaign manager, is here.
This evening Kathy Hochul continued a full day of campaigning with an Upper West Side subway stop appearance. Accompanied by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and State Senator Brad Hoylman, Hochul greeted commuters at the 96th & Broadway subway station.
Shortly after they got underway came a surprise, as Tim Wu appeared. Here’s what happened:
Update – Israel:
The candidates’ views on Israel have received attention recently. Yesterday Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other elected officials, seemingly at the behest of Governor Cuomo, held a press conference to denounce what they see as insufficient support for Israel from Tim Wu and running mate Zephyr Teachout. In this clip Wu discusses his general views on Israel. (Wu is responding to a question from the New York Observer’s Will Bredderman). We spoke with Kathy Hochul about Israel this afternoon, available here.
Update #2 – Eric Schneiderman:
Here’s what happened when Conor Skelding (of Capital NY) and I asked NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a few questions. Schneiderman represented the Upper West Side as a state senator.
On Wednesday Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu held a press conference featuring actor Mark Ruffalo. Standing on the steps of Manhattan’s Tweed Courthouse Ruffalo endorsed both candidates, emphasizing their opposition to fracking. Their press conference preceded by one hour a Bill de Blasio press conference just around the corner, on the steps of City Hall, endorsing Wu’s primary opponent Kathy Hochul.
Here is their Q&A, which includes both press questions and some questions from supporters.
Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu today condemned rival candidate Kathy Hochul’s record on immigration issues, while sua sponte endorsing John Liu in his state senate primary.
Former City Council member John Liu, who faces State Senator Tony Avella in a Democratic primary, did not ask Wu for his endorsement and press reports quote Liu as emphatically rejecting it. Here’s video of Wu’s endorsement, beginning with his statement and his response when I asked whether he’s spoken with Liu and Liu’s reaction. We’ve also included a clip from a second segment of the press conference in which Capital New York’s Conor Skelding asked Wu about Liu’s recent appearance with Kathy Hochul.
Acknowledging that Liu had not shown any interest in receiving his endorsement, Wu spoke of a “Cuomo fear factor” and what he sees as Liu’s “active fear of reprisal”. He offered that “I imagine he’s been nervous to communicate with our campaign because of Cuomo.”
Lieutenant Governor Role Model:
I asked Wu whether he views any prior New York governor or lieutenant governor as a role model:
Activist and de Blasio ally Bertha Lewis today endorsed Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu for governor and lieutenant governor. Lewis joined Teachout and Wu at a press conference outside the Brooklyn courthouse where arguments were heard today in Cuomo’s appeal of a state supreme court ruling that Teachout meets the residency requirements for governor set forth in the state constitution.
Lewis, a long time activist who headed ACORN until it’s dissolution, was highly critical of Governor Cuomo. She was also critical, albeit while emphasizing their continuing close relationship, of Mayor de Blasio’s efforts at helping Cuomo win the Working Families Party nomination.
Here are excerpts from Lewis’s opening statement and the Q&A:
Update – Israel:
Teachout was twice asked about Israel; once about Governor Cuomo’s recent visit and once about Israel’s broad challenges. She avoided answering both times, immediately pivoting to discussions of the election, Governor Cuomo and debates.
Update – Full Q&A:
Here is the full Q&A: