Honing In on Hochul
Now that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout has survived Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s residency challenge and is assured a spot on the Sept. 9 primary ballot, her campaign is turning up the heat on Cuomo’s running mate, Kathy Hochul.
Last night, Teachout and her running mate, Columbia Law Prof. Tim Wu, released a video highlighting Hochul’s voting record and statements – both as the Erie County clerk and as a congresswoman – that they say was compiled by a campaign volunteer identified only as “Tim from Brooklyn.”
The video features Hochul boasting that she had the Conservative Party’s endorsement “every time I’ve run for office,” and also saying that she didn’t support “Obamacare” 100 percent – even voting “many times to repeal it.”
“I’ve become very conservative in my voting record,” Hochul proudly proclaims at one point in the video.
There’s also footage of Hochul touting her backing from the NRA, support for the Keystone Pipeline, and opposition to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s push to let undocumented immigrants get driver’s licenses, which is something Wu has been hammering her on for weeks.
“I’ve heard from a lot of Republicans, they think I’m a different kind of Democrat, and I’ll take that as a compliment,” Hochul says. “…I’ve talked to hundreds of people, many, many Conservatives and Republicans, and they are with me on the issues.”
The video concludes by deeming Hochul the “wrong” kind of Democrat for New York, and highlighting Wu as a “progressive” candidate for LG.
Hochul’s past conservative positions are in no small part due to the large GOP enrollment edge in her old district, NY-27, which actually became even more Republican after the last round of redistricting, causing her to lose the seat to former Erie County Executive Chris Collins in 2012.
Since she was tapped in May by Cuomo to run for LG, the former congresswoman has refused to repudiate some of her record – like the opposition to undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses – even as she embraces more liberal policy proposals like the DREAM Act.
Hochul has also said she backs the SAFE Act, which has caused gun rights advocates to call for the NRA to withdraw its support of her.
The Teachout-Wu focus on Hochul is a testament to the fact that there are no set tickets until after the primary, which means Cuomo could end up running with Wu on the Democratic line if Wu somehow manages to beat Hochul on Sept. 9.
There’s ample precedence for this.
It happened in 2010 Carl Paladino, who ended up running with then-Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, the running mate of Paladino’s vanquished gubernatorial primary foe, former Rep. Rick Lazio, after Edwards beat Paladino’s LG pick, former NYC Council Minority Leader Tom Ognibene in the primary.
It also happened to Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, when his preferred LG candidate, H. Carl McCall, lost the primary to Westchester County Executive Al DelBello, who was running with then-NYC Mayor Ed Koch.
Koch failed to defeat Mario Cuomo in the primary, so Cuomo and DelBello became a not-terribly-happy team. They won the general election, but DelBello ended up resigning before his four-year term was through, complaining that the governor hadn’t given him enough to do.
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