Zephyr Teachout

I did not follow the race for the New York Democratic primary because the odious current governor Andrew Cuomo seemed assured of an easy win. But although he did win as expected, his opponent with the unlikely name of Zephyr Teachout made a very good showing, getting 34% of the vote, despite the fact that she had very little money and Cuomo completely ignored her and refused to even debate her.

She is a law professor at Fordham University and she appeared on The Daily Show to talk about the need to get rid of corruption in politics about which she has written a well-received book. She was pretty impressive and I hope she runs and wins the next time.

(This clip aired on September 17, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)


  1. Who Cares says

    Seeing that video there is a very good reason Cuomo refused to debate her. The people plotting his strategy didn’t want their version of the Kennedy-Nixon TV debate (yay for sexism in politics /s ). That is aside from giving her free publicity by taking her seriously enough to agree to a debate

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