Teachout Says She Will Back Cuomo if He Opposes Fracking


Teachout Says She Will Back Cuomo if He Opposes FrackingWhile New York gubernatorial aspirant Zephyr Teachout failed to defeat incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in last week’s primary, she wants to shape the November election. Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University, said on Friday that she will endorse Cuomo if he announces his opposition to fracking for natural gas.

Teachout, 42, wanted to become the first female governor of New York. She told the Associated Press that she is yet to make her mind regarding endorsing Cuomo, reported New York Daily News. Teachout surprised many after she clinched 34 percent of the total votes cast in the primaries, with most of the support coming from those opposed to the use of fracking or hydraulic fracturing in upstate New York.

What is unique about Teachout’s campaign is that she obtained less than $1 million in campaign funds, had no statewide ad campaign, and was a first-timer in the race. Despite this, she got the support of almost half of New York’s 62 counties in last Tuesday’s Democratic primary. In contrast, Cuomo is well-known and had a campaign war chest worth $30 million.

Cuomo, who is backed by the Democratic Party and prolific figures such as Mayor de Blasio and Hillary Clinton, is set to square it out with Republican Rob Astorino. Cuomo is expected to fight for Teachout’s endorsement against Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.

Hawkins has consistently trumpeted as being the only real progressive remaining in the gubernatorial race. However, Teachout told voters to concentrate on ensuring Democrats win most of the seats in the state Senate in order to address income inequalities as well as increasing funding for local communities and education. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

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