In what the Teachout-Wu campaign deemed a “surprising rebuke” to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the National Organization for Women New York State chapter endorsed the insurgent Democratic gubernatorial-LG ticket in advance of the Sept. 9 primary.

“Zephyr Teachout is a dynamic woman with an inspiring, compelling vision that will shake up Albany and the old boys club that runs this state for the benefit of the few,” NOW-NYS President Zenaida Mendez said in a statement released late this afternoon.

“The National Organization for Women is proud to be part of this historic effort to elect the first woman Governor in New York State history.”

“…The governor’s so-called Women’s Equality line won’t fool anyone,” Mendez continued. “The governor doomed the Women’s Equality Act when he supported the Republican state Senate.”

It should be noted that the majority of abortion-rights/women’s groups are supporting Cuomo’s push to create the Women’s Equality Party, which is being spearheaded by the governor’s hand-picked running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul.

NOW-NYS’s decision to turn its back on Cuomo isn’t completely unexpected.

Mendez told City & State recently that her organization was considering backing Teachout. She noted during that interview that Cuomo had not yet contacted NOW-NYS to express interest in an endorsement.

Mendez’s comments spurred the Cuomo campaign to submit a questionnaire to NOW-NYS, but apparently, it didn’t do the trick.

Teachout in a statement called herself a “life-long, proud feminist,” adding:

“NOW paved the way so many great women leaders. Because of NOW, I have the opportunity to share my vision of a New York that works for all of us, not just the Governor’s old boys club of campaign donors. I hope my candidacy can inspire other young women, the way NOW inspired me.”