Zephyr Teachout Applies to New York AG

Law professor Zephyr Teachout launched a campaign for the New York attorney general on Monday, seeking to reclaim the job after losing a race for him to now-outgoing attorney general Letitia James (D) in 2018.

Teachout, a progressive who has also mounted unsuccessful runs for governor and the House, told the Times Union last month he would run for attorney general if James finally decided to bid for governor of New York.

James, who beat Teachout, 50, and two other Democrats in 2018 for his party’s nomination, announced last month that he is running for governor, paving the way for Teachout to bid for the position of legal director of the state.

About his campaign websiteSaid Teachout, “New Yorkers deserve an Attorney General who stands up for climate justice, eliminates corruption and corporate abuse, supports workers, and stands up for civil rights.”

She said her top priorities if elected to office would be to root out corruption in Albany and demand transparency for New Yorkers, in addition to ending wage theft, tax fraud, unsafe working conditions and business consolidation.

Teachout also said it will focus on protecting the “basic civil rights” of New Yorkers, including the right to vote, and safeguarding the environment by holding polluters accountable and protecting people from unsafe water, housing and climate damage.

“Zephyr understands how to use our legal system to fight for justice and the needs of the people, not as a tool to enforce a status quo that benefits the few,” says his campaign website.

Teachout was second in the 2018 Democratic primary election for attorney general, garnering 31.2 percent of the vote, about 9 percentage points behind James’ 40.5 percent. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (DN.Y.) was behind Teachout with 25 percent, followed by Verizon executive Leecia Eve.

He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of New York in 2014, losing the primary race to the governor. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNY AG Releases Transcripts Of Cuomo Sexual Harassment Investigation Hochul’s Work Approval To 50 Percent Among New York Voters: Cuomo Poll Indictment Delayed After New York Prosecutor Warns Of ‘Potentially Flawed Complaint ‘ PLUS (D).

Cuomo resigned in August amid allegations of sexual harassment and a damning report on those claims from James’ office. His replacement, the former lieutenant governor. Kathy hochulKathy Hochul 50 Percent Approval of Hochul’s Job Among New York Voters: Poll of New York Outlaws Selling Used Cars Without Working Airbags De Blasio Steps Toward Possible New Gubernatorial Campaign York MORE (D), will face James in an elementary school next year.

Teachout ran for the House in 2016, seeking to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Chris Gibson (NY). She won the Democratic nomination, but ultimately lost to the former representative. John fasoJohn James Faso Democrats bid for diversity with new House recruits Kyle Van De Water wins Republican New York primaries to challenge Rep. Antonio Delgado Most expensive Congressional races of the past decade MORE (R).

Teachout is a professor at Fordham Law School. Its website says it will be “running a grassroots campaign driven by people.”


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