The New York Times editorial board declined to endorse in the Democratic primary for governor.

In an editorial posted on the newspaper’s website Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo lost the Times’ support because “state government remains as subservient to big money as ever.”

Nevertheless, the Times declined to endorse Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor running an insurgent Democratic primary against Cuomo (Not mentioned by the paper was Randy Credico, the comedian and activist who is also on the primary ballot).

The editorial board writes that Cuomo is likely to win the general election this November, but a vote for Teachout on Sept. 9 could amount to a “power message” or protest vote against the incumbent governor.

Realistically, Governor Cuomo is likely to win the primary, thanks to vastly greater resources and name recognition. And he’ll probably win a second term in November against a conservative Republican opponent. In part, that’s because issues like campaign finance rarely have been a strong motivator for most voters. Nonetheless, those who want to register their disappointment with Mr. Cuomo’s record on changing the culture of Albany may well decide that the best way to do that is to vote for Ms. Teachout. Despite our reservations about her, that impulse could send a powerful message to the governor and the many other entrenched incumbents in Albany that a shake-up is overdue.

There is little love lost between the moderate Democrat Cuomo and the liberal New York Times editorial board, which has been highly critical of his fiscal policies, as well as his decision to close the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption, which is now the subject of a federal inquiry.

Still, the editorial is a rebuke of not just Cuomo’s efforts on ethics law changes in Albany, but also his push to control spending in Albany.