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Teachout’s “Whistleblower Tour” skips NNY; NRCC Chair optimistic about NY21; Woolf endorsed by Bowser from Sha Na Na; Cahill backs Gillibrand on sexual assault

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Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor challenging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the Democratic primary, is conducting a “Whistleblower Tour” of the state over the next three days that includes one stop in Pennsylvania but no stops in the north country.

Ms. Teachout is stopping in four of the five boroughs in New York City, Westchester County — home turf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, and cities in the Southern Tier and Capital Region but she is going no venturing no farther north than Syracuse or Rochester.

Ms. Teachout, a former national director of the Sunlight Foundation, is a constitutional law professor and expert on political corruption. Among other policy positions, she is advocating for a public campaign finance system and has criticized Mr. Cuomo for his record in Albany. She has survived attempts by Mr. Cuomo’s supporters to remove her from the ballot in the primary by challenging her state residency.

On Thursday, the New York Times Editorial Board endorsed Timothy Wu, Ms. Teachout’s running mate, for lieutenant governor. Mr. Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School and popularized the concept of “net neutrality,” according to his biography.

Mr. Wu’s opponent is Kathy Hochul, a former Congresswoman from New York’s 26th District. The New York Times did not endorse a candidate for governor in the primary.

The winner of the primary will face Mr. Astorino and Christopher Moss, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

An email to Ms. Teachout’s campaign was not immediately answered Thursday morning.

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Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, voiced optimism for his party’s prospects for winning back the 21st Congressional District in an interview with the Auburn Citizen Thursday.

“I’m aware of that district,” Mr. Walden told the Citizen. “It was sort of through an unfortunate fluke of a three-way race with a Republican and a Conservative that we lost it to — U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh — to begin with. And with him stepping out, it makes it very open and competitive again.”

Mr. Walden appeared at a campaign fund raiser with Republican and Conservative nominee Elise M. Stefanik in Tupper Lake last week. In the interview with the Citizen, Mr. Walden expressed admiration for Ms. Stefanik and, as one would expect, skepticism about the prospect of her opponent — Democrat and Working Families Party candidate Aaron G. Woolf — winning the seat.

“Elise really proved herself in the primary. It was a tough, tough primary and she won it convincingly. ... Their candidate — Mr. Woolf — I don’t think he’s going to fit real well in that district. And so, I’m real optimistic about that one,” Mr. Walden told the Citizen.

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Ms. Stefanik, a former White House policy adviser who lives in Willsboro, and Mr. Woolf, a documentary filmmaker with a home in Elizabethtown, are facing Green Party candidate Matthew J. Funiciello, a bakery and cafe owner from Glens Falls, in the November general election.

Brian Dwyer, a reporter for Time Warner Cable News, confirmed via Twitter Thursday that the three candidates will face each other in a debate at the network on Oct. 8 in Albany. The debate is one of three planned for the month leading up to the election.

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Mr. Woolf was endorsed by Jon “Bowzer” Bauman from Sha Na Na during an event Wednesday at the Helen Getman Memorial Home in Gloversville.

Mr. Woolf was in the city, which is located in the southern portion of the 21st Congressional District, to talk about his plans for Medicare and Social Security. During the event, Mr. Bauman announced that Senior Votes Count!, a organization that promotes pro-Social Security candidates, was also endorsing Mr. Woolf.

Mr. Naumann also endorsed Martha Robertson, a Democrat who is challenging incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, in New York’s 23rd District.

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Republican John P. Cahill, who is challenging Democrat incumbent Eric T. Schneiderman for the office of Attorney General, issued a statement voicing his support for U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and her stance against sexual harassment in a news release Thursday.

The statement came in the wake of an interview with People magazine in which Sen. Gillibrand said she has endured sexist remarks from some of her colleagues in Congress, including being called a “honey badger” and “porky.”

“I want to commend Senator Gillibrand for her courage in speaking out about sexual harassment in the workplace. Her voice and leadership on this issue is critical to changing the attitudes and most importantly the behaviors of too many men in leadership toward women in the workplace. As the proud father of two smart, driven and compassionate daughters I want them to have the same opportunity to pursue public service as I did, free of harassment,” Mr. Cahill said in the release.

Mr. Cahill did not lose the opportunity to use the revelations to criticize his opponent, Mr. Schneiderman, who he said was at least partly responsible for the culture of corruption in Albany.

“Senator Gillibrand’s leadership stands in stark contrast to Eric Schneiderman who was complicit in efforts to silence the victims of Vito Lopez, who fought to win parole for a convicted rapist and gave a slap on the wrist to a butcher posing as a plastic surgeon. Time and time again, Eric Schneiderman cloaks himself in pro-women rhetoric while staying on the ‘sidelines’ when victims need the Attorney General,” Mr. Cahill said.

Ms. Gillibrand’s interview with People comes ahead of the release of her new memoir, “Off the Sidelines,” which will be released Sept. 9.

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