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NY Times endorses Teachout in Dem primary for AG

Aug 20, 2018 1:00 pm
David Lombardo is reporting for Capitol Confidential The New York Times editorial board has endorsed Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary for attorney general. In an opinion piece published late August 19, the paper declared Teachout the best candidate in a crowded primary field. The other nominees are New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and attorney Leecia Eve. The endorsement noted Teachout’s work on the emoluments clause case against President Donald J. Trump, but argued her focus on the president would not distract her from working on issues like tenants’ rights and criminal justice reforms. The editorial board anticipates she will also recruit some of the best lawyers in the country to work in her office. “New York needs a great lawyer,” reads the endorsement. “We believe that Democrats who are seeking a means of standing up to the Trump presidency and graft in Albany can find in Ms. Teachout their most effective champion for democracy and civil rights, good government and the environment, workers’ rights, fair housing and gender equality.” Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.