As Governor Andrew Cuomo tries to knock his female opponent off the Democratic primary ballot, he is preparing to run for re-election on the new Women's Equality Party ballot line. Cuomo's running-mate, Kathy Hochul, appeared with supporters at City Hall—including former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn—to announce that 100,000 New Yorkers signed petitions backing the party. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
"Women's rights are under attack in state houses all across America and in the halls of Congress and in the Supreme Court of the United States. We are taking a stand right here," said Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
That stand is coming in the form of the new Women's Equality Party—a ballot line for Governor Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic running mate, Kathy Hochul, to run on in November. To secure a ballot line, supporters needed to collect 15,000 signatures for the party. Hochul says they got 100,000.
"There will be a place on the ballot for women and women's families and women supporters to make a statement that our rights matter," said Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Cuomo's Democratic opponent, law school professor Zephyr Teachout, says the new party is a sham, though.
"It's Andrew Cuomo's effort to get his name next to the words Women's Equality when he has not been a leader in the fight for women's equality," said Teachout.
Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is also knocking Teachout's running-mate, Tim Wu, for comments he made about women's suffrage on the Internet.
"That's the very same Tim Wu who called the suffrage movement a little issue," Quinn said.
Wu says Quinn is being intellectually dishonest. He says he was describing the beginning of the women's suffrage movement—before, he says, it grew into "something amazing."
Wu and Teachout were in appellate court Tuesday to fight Cuomo's effort to knock Teachout off the ballot. Cuomo's campaign is arguing that Teachout fails to meet the five-year residency requirement to run for governor. A lower court judge ruled in Teachout's favor, but the governor appealed.
"Andrew Cuomo put me on trial for not being a New Yorker and he proved that I am a New Yorker," Teachout said.
The judges are expected to make a decision in her case by the end of the week.