ALBANY Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino says that if New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo refuses to debate his Democratic Primary opponent, liberal law professor Zephyr Teachout, then he'll do it himself.
Astorino, the Westchester County executive, took the unusual step of wading into the other party's primary Wednesday, saying New York voters deserve to have a debate on the challenges facing the state.
Astorino and Teachout disagree on most policy issues, but the two contenders have found common ground in their criticism of Cuomo. Polls show Cuomo significantly ahead in his bid for a second term.
A Cuomo campaign spokesman said Tuesday that Cuomo has no plans to debate Teachout. Meanwhile, supporters of the governor are attempting to knock her off the primary ballot with a legal challenge.