Despite rumors, Hochul says she’s staying on ticket

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Though rumors are swirling about an upset in the gubernatorial race just a week before the New York primaries, Kathy Hochul says she is staying on the ticket.

A report in the New York Post said Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political operatives are reviewing the possibility of dumping Hochul as his lieutenant governor running mate. News 4 spoke to Hochul Monday, and she assured she is staying on the ticket.

“I’ve been all over and the people here in Western New York want to send me to be a partner of Andy Cuomo in Albany. So we are going to win this,” Hochul said.

The paper pointed out signs of growing momentum for Democrat and law professor Tim Wu. Wu has already won the New York Times endorsement and the Post cited a source close to Cuomo’s administration who said they feared Wu could beat Hochul in the primary on September 9.

According to political consultant Joel Giambra, under State Election Law, the only way Cuomo could drop Hochul as a running mate is if he nominates her for a different position, like a judge. He would have until September 16 to do so.

Hochul said, “Now we’ve reached new heights of absurdity, That’s way over the top. That is false and I always encourage people who are legitimate news reporters to check the source.”

As Wu gains momentum downstate, Hochul is trying to rally support locally. She recently released a “Meet Kathy Hochul” video on YouTube.

The New York Post article says liberal groups don’t like Hochul’s stance supporting gun rights and her opposition to giving state money to illegal immigrants.

Hochul says her positions represent Western New York, and she is a good fit to represent all of upstate New York in Albany.

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