Teachout announced her candidacy for the seat held by outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson (above). (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Former New York gubernatorial candidate and Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout announced her candidacy Monday for New York’s 19th Congressional District.
The Democrat enjoys progressive support, but she may still be dogged by “carpetbagging” attacks in this rural Hudson Valley district.
Rep. Chris Gibson, a Republican who occupies the seat, is not running for re-election. Teachout served as CEO of Mayday PAC, which supports candidates who want to end super PACs. Teachout won 34 percent of the vote in her 2014 primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014. Teachout said she resigned from the Mayday board.
“The next several months are going to be really spending a lot of time in the corners of the district and really hearing stories,” Teachout said. “Eighty percent of the job is representing the district,” as opposed to partisan politics, she added.
Teachout emerged as the consensus candidate among Democratic county chairs in the district at their Jan. 16 meeting, according to some reports
, but there has been no official county endorsement of her candidacy and none of the other Democratic candidates have yet pulled out of the race.