Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have allowed a little-known, under-funded candidate to win more than a third of the vote last night, but Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito thinks the governor did just fine.
“I think that’s a pretty strong showing,” Ms. Mark-Viverito told reporters at an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I’ve stood strongly behind him, strongly behind Hochul. I believe that on behalf of New York City, we’re going to have strong partners in Albany.”
Ms. Teachout and her running mate Tim Wu, the candidate for lieutenant governor, each took significant amounts of votes away from Mr. Cuomo and his running mate, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul. Pundits interpreted the election results as the manifestation of liberal frustration with the governor, who has charted a centrist path during his first four years in office.
Ms. Mark-Viverito, a proud liberal who has tweaked the governor over Twitter, became a surrogate for Mr. Cuomo and Ms. Hochul in the campaign’s final weeks. She hailed Ms. Hochul, a moderate from Buffalo, as a progressive in the mold of herself and Mayor Bill de Blasio. In May, she nominated Ms. Hochul for lieutenant governor at the State Democratic Convention.
Few expected that Ms. Teachout, badly trailing Mr. Cuomo in fund-raising and name recognition, could win more than 30 percent of the vote. Last night, she interpreted the outcome as a victory of sorts.
But for Ms. Mark-Viverito, Ms. Teachout’s apparent surge was not a sign of Cuomo ennui.
“I don’t believe it was a type of rebuke,” she said.