New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has a primary election Tuesday, but don't try to get him to say his opponent's name.
For the record, it is Zephyr Teachout (yes, it's ...unusual), and she is a college professor running on a populist platform and painting Cuomo as a patron of Wall Street.
No one in New York expects Teachout to take out Cuomo on Tuesday, but if nothing else, she has succeeded in becoming a thorn in his side. The New York Times editorial page – a bastion of the kind of liberalism represented by Cuomo's father – refused to endorse him in the primary over his record on ethics. And Cuomo has been forced to spend campaign money promoting his chosen running mate, former Rep. Kathy Hochul, whose more conservative record and lack of statewide name recognition makes her more electorally vulnerable to defeat.
Cuomo, a make-no-apologies political maestro, has run a deliberate strategy of pretending Teachout doesn't exist. The two have not debated, and the closest the governor has come to even uttering her name was on Monday, a day before the primary, as described in The New York Times:
You can be a great college professor,' Mr. Cuomo told reporters in Midtown. 'You can be very good at what you do. You need experience in government if you want to run the State of New York.'
Cuomo is essentially running a "Rose Garden" strategy (although it's not clear if roses exist in Albany), and he hadn't even held an official campaign rally until Monday.