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Teachout Picks Up Steam as Critics Take on Hochul's Congressional Record

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Two weeks before the state primaries, a challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo is drawing new support. It comes as Cuomo's running mate, Kathy Hochul, is defending her brief record while in Congress that critics say was too conservative. Josh Robin filed the following report.

Eleanor Roosevelt is known as first lady to the world.

Zephyr Teachout wants to be the person who knocked out Andrew Cuomo.

"When elected, I will be the first female governor of New York state," Teachout said recently.

Winning over female Democrats is what both Teachout and Cuomo have to do. They both are trumpeting the endorsements from separate women's groups.

Cuomo also formed a new Women's Equality ballot line. Former Council Speaker Christine Quinn is stumping for him.

Teachout dismisses the line as a sham — and Quinn?

"She was Mayor Bloomberg's staunchest ally, and unfortunately she represents the corporate wing of the Democratic party," Teachout said.

A Quinn spokesman responded by ripping Teachout's limited roots in the state, meanwhile, Cuomo was in Essex County on Tuesday.

He remains a heavy re-election favorite — officially undecided about debating Teachout on Time Warner Cable News next week.

In a twist, the longtime political tactician says he's leaving it to his campaign to work out, as if he was somehow separate from it.

His running-mate is doing most of the stumping in New York City. Hochul represented a Buffalo-area district in the House of Representatives.

Teachout is calling attention to Hochul's controversial, more conservative votes. Hochul says she has no regrets.

"So I ask people to look at my record in its entirety and no one would come away with the conclusion that I'm not the best-suited person to represent this state as a true Democrat," Hochul says.

The attacks on Cuomo's would-be No. 2 could not only help Teachout, but also boost the chances of her own running-mate, fellow law school professor Tim Wu.

It's not like how we elect president and vice president. Through a quirk of New York state law, voters pick who they want for governor and lieutenant governor separately. That means voters could elect Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Tim Wu.

"I'm glad I won't have to face that question, because I'm going to be lieutenant governor to the first female governor of New York state," Wu said.

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