Zephyr Teachout: New York Politics Is on the Verge Of Big Change

July 16, 2018

By Christian Smith

Zephyr Teachout isn't scared of bringing cases against Donald Trump. And if elected New York Attorney General this fall, she'll be "pretty damn aggressive" in handling the President and his organization.

"New York Attorney General is the single most important legal office in the country for taking on Donald Trump's business interests and his foundation interests," Teachout said Monday during an interview on Cheddar.

Teachout is one of four candidates for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General. Her campaign is focused on filtering out corruption in New York politicsーwhich she traces, in part, back to the state's real estate industry and the Trump Organization.

Teachout was a member of the team of lawyers who brought the first emoluments lawsuit against Donald Trump just three days after he was elected president in 2016. The lawsuit alleged that Trump violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting money from foreign governments while in federal office. The lawsuit, still pending, is under appeal within the Southern District of New York.

Before announcing her candidacy for Attorney General, Teachout was the treasurer of Cynthia Nixon's gubernatorial campaign. She left her position to run for office when former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned amid accusations of physical abuse by four women.

Teachout is no stranger to New York state elections: she challenged Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 governor's race, earning 34 percent of the vote. The campaign put Teachout's name on the map in New York state politicsーattention she hopes will yield electoral success when voters head to the polls for the primaries.

Primary elections for New York's state and local races take place Tuesday, September 13.

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