Teachout extends deadline to find anti-Cuomo donors

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Zephyr Teachout. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
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ALBANY—Zephyr Teachout says it will be at least another week before she decides whether to mount a left-flank challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“My decision is based on whether I can put together the resources to mount a credible challenge and to get on the ballot,” Teachout, a Fordham law professor, said Friday during a trip to Albany.

Teachout said she is not ready to rule out an effort to create a new party—which, if successful, would assure her a spot on the November ballot—but is focusing her efforts on petitioning her way into a Democratic primary against Cuomo. (Either would require the valid signatures of 15,000 registered voters from around the state, though a primary petition would require signatories to be enrolled Democrats.)

She had sought to run on the Working Families Party line, but a majority of W.F.P. delegates voted to endorse Cuomo after he committed to join efforts to flip the state Senate into Democratic hands.

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Teachout initially said she would make a decision about whether or not to launch a primary by Monday. She said her run against Cuomo would be built on a critique of his use of high-dollar campaign donations and his support for linking teacher performance evaluations to student test scores.

Echoing a point made in her speech to W.F.P. delegates, Teachout also said the state's Public Service Commission should try to block the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.