Former New York gubernatorial candidate and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout announced her candidacy Monday for New York's 19th Congressional District.
The Democrat enjoys progressive support, but she may still be dogged by "carpetbagging" attacks in this rural Hudson Valley district.
Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who occupies the seat, is not running for re-election . Teachout served as CEO of Mayday PAC, which supports candidates who want to end super PACs. Teachout won 34 percent of the vote in her 2014 primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014. Teachout said she resigned from the Mayday board.
"The next several months are going to be really spending a lot of time in the corners of the district and really hearing stories," Teachout said. "Eighty percent of the job is representing the district," as opposed to partisan politics, she added.
" I think it's because they want to win," she said. " They are all focused on winning this and having it be a blue district." Teachout had the support and backing of the Working Families Party and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Adam Green, co-founder of PCCC noted that Teachout won the majority of all of the counties that are in the district during her gubernatorial campaign.
"It's a golden opportunity not just for Democrats but a strong populist outsider to win this district," Green said, saying his organization will be devoting resources to Teachout's campaign, including sending out an email about her Tuesday, and that the organization looked forward to being "all in," helping mobilize volunteers.
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