NY Times throws its weight behind Zephyr Teachout

In a race for New York attorney general that pits two Hanover High grads against each other (!), Norwich's Zephyr Teachout won a big endorsement yesterday from The New York Times. And there's a great deal on the line, as the Times sees it. 

"The most important choice facing New York voters this fall is whom they will pick as their next state attorney general," their editorial begins.

What's at stake? Only everything.

"The office could be the last line of defense against an antidemocratic president, a federal government indifferent to environmental and consumer protection and a state government in which ethics can seem a mere inconvenience," the endorsement says.

The Times acknowledges Teachout's lack of prosecutorial experience, but calls her "a thoughtful and innovative scholar" who "has written the book on political corruption -- literally -- and is recognized as a national expert on this scourge."

In a Democratic race with four candidates, the Times endorsement is a big deal. "I just dropped my phone when I opened the news!!!" Teachout wrote on her Facebook page.

Interestingly, if she wins the Democratic nomination on Sept. 13 and then beats a Republican in November, this will be her first electoral office.

That's actually less than Sean Patrick Mahoney can say. He is in his third term in Congress, representing a district north of New York City. And he's actually running for two jobs at once: his seat in Congress and the attorney general's office. The Times endorsement lists him last among the Democratic candidates.

"His acceptance of tens of thousands of dollars from real estate interests casts a shadow over his appealing resume and solid government experience," the Times wrote.

Regardless of the outcome, with 50% of the candidates in the Democratic field, Hanover High is well represented. Mahoney graduated from Hanover in 1984, Teachout in 1989.

If the Times coverage isn't enough, you can read more about the two of them in a thorough story in the Broadside, Hanover High's student paper.


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