LOSING AND WINNING!
Teachout and Wu
Some say that we occasionally win when we lose! Certainly that axiom applies to Zephyr Teachout and Timothy Wu, candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor, in the September 9, 2014 Democratic primary. Our endorsed candidates lost the election but won in the hearts and minds of many in the liberal, progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Andrew Cuomo was nominated for Governor and his running mate, Kathy Hochul, also won. However, Teachout received more than one of every three votes cast (34%) and Wu did even better (40.1%). Andrew Cuomo with a war chest of $35 million, the support of the Democratic establishment, name recognition and the support of some of the State’s most powerful unions was the real loser!
One third of the voters rejected Andrew Cuomo’s economic policies. Despite Cuomo’s touting passage of same sex marriage and stronger gun-control laws, progressive voters rejected his support of private charter schools as well as his refusal to fund public schools adequately, to act on campaign finance reform and to reject hydrofracking. Cuomo’s termination of the Moreland Commission was the last straw.
We regret that our other endorsed candidates - John Liu and Oliver Koppell - also lost to the members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) who along with three other Democrats teamed up with the Republicans to control the State Senate and stymie passage of important legislation.
As we approach the General Election in November, let’s hope that Andrew Cuomo will hear the voices of the progressives in the Democratic Party as well as those IDC Democrats whom he supported as Republican Party collaborators and provide the leadership required for the Democrats to control the New York State Senate. Then, together, they can effectively address those issues which keep New York State in the Dark Ages. There will be a next time!