ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - On the eve of the state's leading liberal organization's convention, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout says she's seeking the Working Families Party nomination for governor.
Teachout, an expert on campaign finance and corruption, says Friday she's asking for the nomination because current Gov. Andrew Cuomo failed to prevent wealthy and corporate donors from influencing state politics.
The Working Families Party, a coalition of unions and progressive groups, supported Cuomo in 2010. But its members have criticized the Democrat's support for charter schools and tax cuts for businesses.
Polls show Cuomo has a sizable lead over Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, but the lead would be cut in half if he faces a challenger to his left.
The party will decide who to nominate at its convention Saturday in Albany.
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