New York Gov. Andrew Gov. Andrew Cuomo has in many ways been a hero to progressive Democrats. He pushed forward aggressively to legalize gay marriage in his state and has been a vocal advocate for gun control.
But that's not enough for some on the left. Fordham University Law professor Zephyr Teachout - one of the internet pioneers on Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign - is seeking New York's Working Families Party nomination. And she's considering a possible primary campaign against Cuomo for the Democratic Party line - a move made possible under New York's unique ballot rules, allowing candidates to run with multiple party affiliations.
Teachout recently told the New York Daily News she fears the "immense concentration of wealth and power" in New York is threatening both political and economic democracy. She also criticized the governor for doing little to help small businesses and entrepreneurs. "I don't think the governor can be trusted on campaign finance reform, to pass fair elections," she added.
In a Facebook post Friday, Teachout acknowledged the logistical challenges of getting on the ballot to challenge Cuomo. But she insists it's doable.
"In Albany for the day! Loving this beautiful summer weather. I've got a great skeleton campaign team and we are working out what's possible in terms of challenging Governor Cuomo in the Democratic primary."
"As you may or may not know, New York requires 15,000 Democratic signatures by early July to get on the ballot. In practice--especially with legal challenges to every signature--this is quite expensive. I'm doing my work with my team to carefully map out how to make this possible."
"This is an important moment in the fight for the soul of the democratic party, and really, our democracy. Thanks for the encouragement as we work out what can do!"
Even if she makes the ballot, Teachout would face an uphill battle against Cuomo. He's the son of former Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, and served as HUD secretary during the Clinton administration, and as New York attorney general. And he's been mentioned as a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.
Teachout is the former national director of the Sunlight Foundation and director of online organizing for former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's White House bid. She is a board member of Public Campaign Action Fund and Fight for the Future.