A state Su­preme Court judge on Monday rejected an at­tempt by Gov. Andrew Cu­omo’s [just what Obama did!] campaign to his Democratic primary op­ponent from the ballot.


Judge keeps Teachout on ballot


http://rochesterdemocrat.ny.newsmemory.com/
Jon Campbell

Albany Bureau

ALBANY — A state Su­preme Court judge on Monday rejected an at­tempt by Gov Andrew Cu­omo’s [just what Obama did!] campaign to toss his Democratic primary op­ponent from the ballot.

In a two-day trial in Brooklyn last week, Cuo­mo supporters challenged whether Fordham law professor Zephyr Tea­chout has been a resident of New York long enough to run for governor, point­ing to strong ties she maintains with her native state of Vermont. The argument, howev­er, wasn’t persuasive to Supreme Court Justice Edgar Walker, who ruled Monday that Teachout had maintained a perma­nent residence in New York City since she was hired at Fordham in 2009.

The state Constitution requires candidates for governor to have been a “resident of this state” for five years preceding an election. “While the evidence also shows that Ms. Tea­chout maintains a strong connection with Vermont, the evidence relating to the Vermont connection is insufficient to show that she never formed an in­tent to make New York her primary residence,” Walker wrote in a 12-page decision. The decision means Teachout will be able to continue with her pri­mary challenge, though Cuomo’s election attorney Martin Connor vowed to appeal the ruling. [Just Like Obama Did!]

Politi­cal activist and comedian Randy Credico will also appear on the ballot for the Sept. 9 primary.

“Today we beat the governor and his old-boys club in court,” Teachout said in a statement. “His two attempts to knock me off the ballot have failed — first by challenging my petition signatures, and second by challenging my residency.” Teachout has been waging a primary chal­lenge to Cuomo since June, after the Working Families Party [STARTED AND STILL RUN BY ACORN!] chose to endorse Cuomo over her as part of a last-minute deal in late May that saw the governor back full Democratic control of the state Senate. Last month, Connor filed a challenge to Tea­chout’s residency, point­ing to a Vermont driver’s license she held until May and a political donation she made in 2012 that list­ed a Vermont address.

But Walker cited the testimony of two of Tea­chout’s friends, rent checks, tax returns and emails showing the Ford­ham professor main­tained a permanent resi­dence in New York.

In a statement, Connor cited Teachout’s testimo­ny surrounding a 2009 tax return, [Like Obama open the sealed divorce records of HID opponent!] in which she origi­nally marked spending ze­ro months in New York City but amended it to say six. Teachout said she made a mistake on the fil­ing.

“As the judge himself noted in his decision, Ms. Teachout admitted under oath that she misrepre­sented her address on of­ficial and tax documents,” said Connor, the former minority leader of the state Senate. “Will Ms. Teachout be paying the taxes owed to the State of New York? We will be ap­pealing today’s decision.”

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