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Hochul & Cuomo Deny Any Change in Ticket

(WBEN) Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul says she's staying on the ticket as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's running mate.

While marching in Buffalo's Labor Day Parade, Hochul denied a New York Post report that the Cuomo campaign is prepared to drop her, out of concern she could lose next week's primary to Tim Wu, the Lt. Governor candidate running with Zephyr Teachout for Governor.

Earlier this week, NY  Post Albany Editor Fred Dicker wrote of Hochul being ousted from the ticket, something that Gov. Cuomo also rebutted on Monday.

Earlier this week,  Dicker wrote :

Gov. Cuomo’s political operatives are eyeing a “painful scenario’’ to dump Kathy Hochul, a moderate upstater, as the governor’s running mate for lieutenant governor amid growing signs that leftist law professor Tim Wu is picking up momentum in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary.

Such an action could be needed because a Wu victory would result in a Cuomo/Wu ticket on the Democratic line in the November election but potentially disastrous Cuomo/Hochul tickets on the Working Families, Independence, and Women’s Equality lines, where no primaries are slated.


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Governor Cuomo on Monday dismissed the report. When asked by the New York Daily News what he would do if he got stuck with Wu on his ticket,  “It’s not gonna happen,” Cuomo said.

"He  said there was no chance he would drop Hochul, a former Congresswoman from upstate, from the ticket," the Daily News wrote.

“Kathy Hochul is going to win,” he told the paper.  “People understand that lieutenant governor could become governor, and experience really matters.

Speculation about Hochul's status rose, after the New York Times endorsed Cuomo, but not Hochul for re-election, instead touting Wu, her challenger in the primary election Sept. 9.

If Wu were to win the primary, Cuomo would have to remove her from the other ballot lines bearing her name, or lose the ability to combine any votes for him from those lines, with the Democratic Party Cuomo/Wu ticket.

Such a scenario forced Republican candidate Carl Paladino to add then Chautauqua County Exec. Greg Edwards to his ticket, when his running mate Tom Ognibene lost the primary in 2010. A similar series of events placed Al DelBello onto the ticket in 1982 before Andrew Cuomo's father Mario was elected governor in the general election 
From the Teachout/Wu Campaign
In the wake of the Times endorsement, Wu upped the ante with campaign videos saying Hochul's conservative views should disqualify her from a spot on the Democratic Party ballot.

Hochul responded with a video touting her progressive credentials, released by the Cuomo campaign.

From the Cuomo/Hochul Campaign

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