Teachout says if elected she would investigate Cuomo
David Klepper is reporting for the Associated Press Zephyr Teachout, one of four candidates in the Democratic primary for attorney general this week, said September 10, that if elected, she intends to investigate whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo has used state resources for campaign purposes. Teachout told reporters at the state Capitol that whoever the voters pick to be attorney general must be independent enough to investigate the state’s chief executive. The comment was a critique of New York City Public Advocate Tish James, who was endorsed by Cuomo and who has campaigned with him this year. “I’m independent of the political bosses and independent of Andrew Cuomo,” said Teachout. James’ campaign insisted their candidate would aggressively investigate all levels of government corruption, but did not mention Cuomo by name. Teachout cited concerns about the governor's use of state helicopters, as well as former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco’s use of state offices and resources after he left his job to lead Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign. Percoco was later convicted on unrelated corruption charges. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.