It is no exaggeration to say that, as a strategist for Howard Dean's presidential campaign, Teachout helped lead the progressive movement into the Internet age and pushed the Democratic Party to the left. Check out this video of her on All In With Chris last week to see her in action.
In contrast, her opponent Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has earned titles such as Governor 1% and "Wall Street's newest hero."
Of course Cuomo claims to support working families, but his policies are unabashedly producing more inequality not less. It’s a pretty stark distinction considering how Teachout occupies Wall Street and advocates for all of us, not to mention working as a law professor and a leading advocate for getting big money out of politics.
We’ve already seen how an Occupy-inspired message can resonate with the public and help lead to progressive champions like Bill de Blasio and Elizabeth Warren achieving national stature. Teachout can do that, but with a twist.
Simply by challenging Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9, Teachout would force him to live up to his recent promise to restore the State Senate to real Democrats to make New York the progressive leader it should be.
Fortunately, Teachout’s campaign would not only hold his feet to the fire in this department, but also expose how Cuomo’s amoral politics make the 1% richer and more powerful.
Teachout is a powerful voice promoting the better “new populist” values the 99% all share across the board. New York politics can be complicated, but supporting Zephyr Teachout is not.
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Update: And it's official! #TeamZephyr has lift off, along with the great Tim Wu on the ticket as Lt. Governor. Stay tuned.