ALBANY, N.Y. -- Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Zephyr Teachout called the New York Times' non-endorsement of Governor Andrew Cuomo for the September primary a “powerful rebuke” of his record.
The influential editorial board declined to make an endorsement between the governor and the Fordham law professor.
"The New York Times came as close to an endorsement as it possibly could without an actual endorsement," Teachout said.
The editorial board wrote that Cuomo's lack of progress on ethics reform and his office's involvement in the Moreland Commission To Investigate Public Corruption disqualified him from an endorsement.
The paper also criticized Teachout for not having the experience to manage the state.
"It was a really powerful rebuke to Andrew Cuomo's four years in office and as they pointed out the arguments I am making are exactly what Albany needs," Teachout said.
Allies of the governor, including his outgoing Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, defended Cuomo's record during his first term.
"He's done tremendous things. He doesn't often get credit or take credit for the things he does," Duffy said.
Duffy was in Rochester with former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, the woman hoping to win his job this November. Duffy said he expects Democratic voters to back Cuomo's re-election when considering his entire record.
"Endorsements are for campaigns. I think the people around the state have seen the tangible efforts that this governor has done and I'm certain they'll put him back in office for the next four years," Duffy said.
Newspaper editorial boards are not as powerful as they once were, but the Times is often seen as especially influential among Democratic voters, especially in New York City.