July 1, 2016
By Bill Lipton, Working Families Party
New York, NY – Zephyr Teachout just won her primary tonight and is now officially the Democratic nominee for Congress in New York's 19th District!
We can all take a moment to celebrate tonight — but not much more than that. Hedge fund billionaires have already poured a million dollars into her Republican opponent's campaign, and you can bet there's going to be a lot more where that came from very soon.
Zephyr won tonight because she's been able to build a grassroots campaign — one that relies on small donors, not Wall Street billionaires. That's what we need to continue to do all the way until Election Day in November,
WFP activists in the 19th District were instrumental in drafting Zephyr to run for Congress back in January. Since then, they've been volunteering on the ground to help her build a grassroots campaign to lift up the voices of voters.
Zephyr has led the charge against corruption and corporate power in our political system for years. And with the help of thousands of small donors across the country, she has built the type of campaign that reflects those values.
But don't think for a second that Wall Street billionaires aren't preparing to hit back hard. They are.
Two prominent donors from outside the district — Paul Singer, a NYC hedge fund mogul, and Robert Mercer, a former Ted Cruz backer — have already donated a million dollars to a Super PAC supporting Zephyr's Republican opponent in the fall.
Now is the moment when elections like this can be won or lost. Voters in the 19th District have an amazing opportunity this fall not just to elect a Democrat to a swing seat, but to elect a progressive champion to Congress who represents their values and is unafraid to take on the establishment.