ALBANY, N.Y. -- The insurgent Democratic primary campaigns of Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu are gaining some traction through endorsements from labor unions and, on Thursday, the New York Times backed Wu's run for lieutenant governor.
"We are tapping into something, clearly," said Wu. "I'd love to give credit to Zephyr and I, but I really think there's something going on in this state and frankly in this country."
In Albany on Thursday, Wu criticized the environmental record of Governor Andrew Cuomo's running mate, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.
"She's going to play the traditional, lackey-like position of lieutenant governor, which in my opinion is a waste of a constitutional position, of a constitutional office," Wu said.
After that, Wu went across the street to attend a pro-labor rally on the steps of the state capitol.
Wu said he'd use the job of lieutenant governor as an independent and activist one.
"I think of the position, I can serve as a public advocate. My whole life I've put the interests of the public first," said Wu.
Hochul, meanwhile, defended her voting record in Congress in a three-minute YouTube video released by the state Democratic Committee. She said she never backed down from core Democratic values of pro-choice, pro-marriage equality and pro-worker.
Both Cuomo and Hochul have not responded to invitations to hold televised debates with Teachout and Wu. Wu said he would prefer to have a one-on-one debate with Hochul rather than respond to her in news conferences.
"If she wants to clarify her views on her record, as opposed to having these weird conversations where she puts out videos and put our dossiers on her record piece by piece, we could actually meet in a debate and see who's right," Wu said.
Teachout later in the day appeared at a rally in Albany on the steps of the state Education Building. She said Hochul's record is too out of step with Democratic voters.
"The best way to establish your bonafides as a Democrat is to vote like a Democrat when you're in Congress," said Teachout.
Hochul's campaign account, meanwhile, reported receiving more than $60,000 in donations in the last 24 hours, with contributions coming from key labor groups and an LLC with ties to prolific Cuomo donor, Leonard Litwin.