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Cuomo Quick to Say He's Standing Behind Hochul as Running Mate

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Cuomo Quick to Say He's Standing Behind Hochul as Running Mate
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NEW YORK CITY -- Although it was an official event in his capacity as governor, Andrew Cuomo was in full campaign mode Monday, criss-crossing the parade route to take pictures and shake hands.

Not far behind was Cuomo's opponent in next week's Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout. The Fordham law professor danced her way down Eastern Parkway, but it's her running mate, Columbia law professor Tim Wu who people are buzzing about.

The New York Post claimed Monday the Cuomo campaign is considering dropping lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul from its ticket.

"You know there is an air of desperation to the Hochul campaign right now, and the fact that Cuomo himself is having second thoughts is an indication of that," Wu said.

Hochul was at a Labor Day event in Buffalo, where she quickly threw cold water on the suggestion Cuomo was dumping her.

"Now we have reached new heights of absurdity. That is way over the top. that is false, and I always encourage people who are legitimate news reporters to check the source," said Hochul.

Cuomo was also quick to say he will stand by Hochul.

"No, Kathy Hochul is going to win the ticket, the race for lieutenant governor. People understand that lieutenant governor could become governor, and experience matters," said Gov. Cuomo, D-New York.

The question about Wu's insurgent candidacy continues to get asked, forcing elected officials who stand with Cuomo to defend his choice for his number two.

"I think Kathy Hochul is doing great. She won originally in Western New York in a tough, tough district. She proved her ability as a vote getter, and I think she is going to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor," said Mayor Bill de Blasio, D-New York City.

Hochul has refused to participate in debates, including a NY1 debate scheduled with Wu for Wednesday. We asked Cuomo if he were a primary voter, would he like to see the lieutenant governor candidates debate.

"It depends. It depends on who I was and what my opinion was," Cuomo said.

On Tuesday, Wu will be in Chinatown to meet with community groups. Teachout will be on Long Island to talk about Cuomo's education policies, and the governor is expected to meet with Jewish groups to discuss his August trip to Israel. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP