NEW YORK — Manhattan district attorney candidate Alvin Bragg won endorsements Wednesday from two left-leaning voices, showing some splintering of progressive preferences in the wide-open race.
Bragg is now backed by Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout and former DA candidate Janos Marton.
“He also has an impressive history of taking on corrupt politicians and powerful white collar criminals,” Teachout said in a statement of Bragg. “He has proven he won't back down to Wall Street money or be influenced by fancy connections.”
Teachout has run for federal and statewide office, challenging Andrew Cuomo for governor in 2014.
Marton is a civil rights attorney whose DA platform included reducing Manhattan’s jail population by 80%. Marton cited a fundraising disadvantage when he abandoned his DA bid in December.
The eight-way primary to replace Cy Vance is a competitive one.
Several progressives are jostling for the banner in the race for Manhattan district attorney, much as they are in the Democratic primary for mayor.
Civil rights attorney Tahanie Aboushi’s many endorsements include the Working Families Party, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and actor and former gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.
Public defender Eliza Orlins says she has the most grassroots campaign, boasting the most individual donors.
But the primary’s fundraising leader, with much of her support coming from Wall Street, is Tali Farhadian Weinstein, formerly general counsel in the Brooklyn DA’s office.