NY Times Endorses Wu Over Cuomo Running Mate

ALBANY (AP) -

In another snub to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The New York Times on Wednesday night endorsed Tim Wu for New York lieutenant governor over Kathy Hochul, forcing Cuomo’s running mate to go on the defensive as the primary enters its final weeks.

The editorial board said Wu offers a “fresh perspective and a new voice.” The Columbia University law professor is running alongside liberal gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, whom the Times described earlier that day as inexperienced.

The endorsement highlights concerns some liberals have with Cuomo and Hochul, a former Buffalo congresswoman. On Tuesday the newspaper announced it would not make an endorsement in the Democratic primary for governor.

On Wednesday, the paper’s editorial board questioned Hochul’s judgment, noting that in Congress she voiced opposition to provisions in Obamacare and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association. The paper noted that she has adopted more liberal opinions now that she’s running with Cuomo.

In New York, candidates for lieutenant governor run separately on the primary ballot but not on the general election ballot, meaning it is possible Wu could join Cuomo on the Democratic ticket in November if he beats Hochul.