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Is teachout eyeing barrett's assembly seat?
BY HV NEWS STAFF • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 2/1/17
When former gubernatorial and congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout bought a home in 2016 in the town of Clinton, it seemed logical that the uber-liberal New York City transplant wanted to establish herself as a real resident of the district she was running in. The lefty lawyer still holds her job as a law professor at Fordham Univesity in the Bronx, and has joined the ranks of the many commuters in the Hudson Valley. Originally, Teachout rented a domicile in the far eastern reaches of Dutchess County in the Town of Dover, presumably to live close to Dutchess County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Elisa Sumner. Teachout additionally got married during the 2016 election, but even the nuptials couldn’t stop the landslide victory of John Faso in the 19th Congressional District.
After the stunning losses, most Clintonites were sure Teachout would pull up stakes and run back to the safety of the Metropolitan area, but that has not been the case. Since last Thanksgiving, Teachout has become the de facto chair of the Town of Clinton Democratic Committee. Although the Dutchess County Democratic Committee’s webpage does not list Teachout or anyone else as the leader of the group, sources within the town have told Hudson Valley News that the two time underdog has hosted three meetings on the third Monday of every month for local Democrats. The meetings feature potluck dinners and supporters from throughout the county joining in. The only question is why the almost-famous book author would invest her time in such small time efforts.
The theory that “three times is a charm” may be the reason. 106th District Assemblywoman Didi Barrett is apparently getting tired of the grind of Albany. Barrett is allegedly looking toward retirement after she fulfills her current two year term. Could Teachout be looking to finally win an election by going for Barrett’s seat in 2018? Barrett herself had originally run for New York State Senate against Senator Steve Saland in 2010 but settled for assembly when she was easily taken out. Teachout may view the assembly seat as a stepping stone to higher office once she establishes herself in Albany. With her statewide name recognition high, Teachout is a likely choice.
Meanwhile, Republicans are also chomping at the bit after news of Barrett’s likely departure leaked out. Several local elected GOP officials in both Dutchess and Columbia counties have already made their intentions known. Voters will just have to wait until the 2018 elections to see what Teachout is really up to.