Governor Cuomo's running mate Kathy Hochul's forced to go on the defensive.
In another snub to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The New York Times has endorsed Tim Wu for New York lieutenant governor over Kathy Hochul, forcing Cuomo's running mate to go on the defensive as the primary race enters its final weeks.
In an endorsement published online Wednesday night, the newspaper's editorial board said Wu offers a "fresh perspective and a new voice." The Columbia University law professor is running alongside liberal gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.
"We are riding a wave of momentum," Wu told reporters in Albany on Thursday.
The endorsement highlights concerns some liberals have with Cuomo and Hochul, a former Buffalo congresswoman. On Tuesday the newspaper announced it would not make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for governor with an editorial that nonetheless sharply criticized Cuomo.
On Wednesday, the paper's editorial board questioned Hochul's judgment, noting that in Congress she voiced opposition to provisions in the federal health care overhaul and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association. The paper noted that she has adopted more liberal opinions now that she's running with Cuomo.
Hochul defended her record with a video released Thursday in which she played up her support for Democratic priorities.
"I never backed down from our core Democratic values: pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, and pro-worker values," she said.
In New York, candidates for lieutenant governor run separately on the primary ballot but not on the general election ballot, meaning it is possible Wu could join Cuomo on the Democratic ticket in November if he beats Hochul.
Wu again called on Hochul to agree to a debate before the Sept. 9 primary. Hochul has so far declined.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, is challenging Cuomo for the governor's seat.