In a stinging snub, the liberal New York Times editorial board on Tuesday refused to endorse Gov. Cuomo’s re-election in next month’s Democratic primary — citing his failure to aggressively crack down on Albany corruption.
The Times also declined to endorse Cuomo’s little-known Democratic rival, Zephyr Teachout.
But the Gray Lady egged on Democrats who want to “send a powerful message” to Cuomo by voting for his foe, a Fordham University law professor making her first run for public office.
“Those who want to register their disappointment with Mr. Cuomo’s record on changing the culture of Albany may well decide that the best way to do that is to vote for Ms. Teachout. Despite our reservations about her, that impulse could send a powerful message to the governor and the many other entrenched incumbents in Albany that a shake-up is overdue,” the Times said.
The editorial faulted Cuomo for “repeatedly” failing to clean up Albany. “Having walked away from his most important goals, he should not be surprised if many Democrats walk away from him on Sept. 9,” the Times wrote.