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Gipson floating run for governor

Jul 29, 2017 12:05 am
Joseph Spector reports in The Poughkeepsie Journal that former Dutchess County State Senator Terry Gipson has sent a letter to progressive groups saying he may run in a primary election for governor against Andrew Cuomo. The former Democratic senator lost his bid for re-election in 2014 and then a rematch last year. "I’m a former NY State Senator and believe that New York deserves a real Democratic governor that will lead our party and move true Democratic policy forward," Gipson wrote in a July 19 email to the group, NY Progressive Action Network. "In Trump's new America we cannot afford to wait. That’s why I’m exploring a run for governor in 2018." Arthur Schwartz, the treasurer of the Progressive Action Network said in an email, "NYPAN believes that Cuomo can be beaten, he lost most upstate counties to Zephyr Teachout in 2014, and now the subway and suburban railroad crisis has eaten into his support in the downstate areas which were his stronghold in 2014." Gipson did not respond with a comment for the newspaper. A Siena College poll earlier in July reported Cuomo had a 68 percent approval rating with liberals. Read the full story in The Poughkeepsie Journal.