Zephyr Teachout may have flip-flopped her way to victory in a Democrat primary, but that will not fly in a general election. What’s more, Teachout is giving Democrats a sense of déjà vu.
It’s only been two years since New Yorkers in the 19th Congressional District resoundingly rejected carpetbagger Sean Eldridge. Teachout is no different. In fact, Roll Call recently highlighted how even Democrats were concerned that Teachout was “too liberal” for the rural district that “she only recently moved to.”
New Yorkers didn’t fall for Democrats’ first carpetbagger; they won’t fall for the second.
2014 General Election Results:
Chris Gibson (R) – 64%
Sean Eldridge (D) – 36%
New York Post: Zephyr Teachout gives mixed signals on Israel position
High-profile leftist law professor and congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout, under attack by Republicans for refusing to take a stand on the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, has just decided to do so, telling The Post, “I don’t support BDS.” But Teachout, the all-but-certain winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the right to run in a Hudson Valley election expected to be one of the most hotly contested in the nation, also said she opposes Gov. Cuomo’s new order barring the state from doing business with BDS-supporting companies and went on to seemingly give a nod of support to many BDS backers. Teachout, accused by fellow Democrats of being anti-Israel when she mounted a surprisingly strong primary challenge against Cuomo in 2014, refused last week in a debate with her long-shot primary opponent to say whether she backed Cuomo’s anti-BDS order, prompting a tough attack from national Republicans.
Daily News: Congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout flip-flops on Cuomo’s gun control law — now she opposes it
Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout spent her first full day as a congressional candidate flipping her position on Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control law. Teachout, during an appearance on upstate public radio, said she supports background checks for firearm sales, but not the SAFE Act overall. Teachout said the 2013 law, which expanded a ban on assault weapons and has significant opposition upstate, was rammed through by Cuomo in a way that “felt like it was more focused on making a public message than really dealing with the issues of gun safety.” “I am not a supporter of the SAFE Act,” she said. Her comments were a far cry from 2014 when she was challenging Cuomo from the left in the Democratic primary for governor. At the time, she was quoted by the Syracuse Post Standard as saying she was “largely in support” of the controversial gun law, even if she was critical how of how it was enacted. “Most of it, I would keep in place,” Teachout told the Syracuse newspaper while expressing concerns about how the law could affect some gun owners’ privacy and people treated for mental conditions.