From the Morning Memo:

There may be no love lost between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his 2014 Democratic primary rival, Fordham Law Prof. Zephyr Teachout, but the two have agreed to set aside their differences – at least in the short term.

Asked yesterday whether he’s supporting Teachout’s bid to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson in NY-19, Cuomo – with apparent discomfort – responded that he is backing the “Democratic nominee,” though he declined to utter her name.

During a Capital Tonight interview yesterday, Teachout returned the favor, saying she is accepting the governor’s endorsement and looks forward to working with him if she’s elected to the House in November, though she downplayed the importance of his nod.

“Honestly, I don’t think people respond to endorsements,” Teachout said. “They’re really looking for who you are, whether you’re going to fight, whether you’re going to keep the door open.”

Teachout declined to say whether she would be willing to appear publicly with Cuomo or accept any campaign assistance he might offer in the form of TV ads, robocalls, etc., saying only: “We’ll address those issues when they come up.”

Back in 2014, Teachout was the darling of New York liberals – particularly the Working Families Party – who were unhappy with Cuomo’s dalliances with Senate Republicans and many of his policy proposals.

Then, Teachout was the ultimate outsider, especially after the WFP cut a deal with the governor, offering him its endorsement and ballot line in exchange for a host of promises – including a pledge that Cuomo would help the Senate Democrats with their effort to re-take the majority, though that was never realized.

Now, Teachout has become the establishment Democratic candidate, supported by many of the selfsame party leaders who shunned her in 2014.

She insists, however, that she remains a grassroots-based candidate, and continues to try to pain her opponent, former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, as an Albany insider and tool of big business interests.

Teachout says she’s focused on listening to NY-19 voters and accepting small-dollar donations, even as she will benefit from a fundraiser headlined by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, opening herself up to criticism from the NRCC due to Hoyer’s fondness for PAC cash.