Bernie-backed progressive Zephyr Teachout wins New York Democratic primary
Zephyr Teachout (Photo: Facebook)

Progressive Zephyr Teachout scored a major victory for the progressive wing of the Democratic primary in New York’s 19th Congressional District, Tuesday night. This pits her against  John Faso, a Republican former state assemblyman, on the November ballot.

“I am running for Congress to break down those doors in Washington, D.C. The doors that are keeping the people of America — the real people, the citizens of America — locked out,” Teachout said in an email to supporters after the win had been announced. “I’ve been fighting well-paid lobbyists on behalf of working families my entire life. I will fight until we win — for the people of NY 19. For the American people.”

Teachout is a progressive recruit for Congress after her attempt to dethrone New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who Teachout alleged had too many ties to Wall Street. As a law professor, she specializes in corruption and corporate power.

The general election will be held Nov. 8.