Zephyr Teachout has backed out of a confirmed joint appearance with Will Yandik planned for this Sunday, April 3, in Accord, Ulster County. The two Democratic candidates in New York's 19th Congressional District agreed nearly a month ago to appear together at a local community forum. Teachout has indicated that she will attend the event, but she is refusing to appear at the same time as Yandik as previously agreed, thereby depriving Democrats of an opportunity to hear the two candidates discuss the issues side-by-side. . . .
"An open discussion of issues is a vitally important part of the political process, and Zephyr Teachout's last-minute refusal to appear alongside Will is disrespectful to the Democrats of the 19th District," said Yandik spokesperson Tony Coppola. "Given Teachout's criticism of Andrew Cuomo for refusing to debate her in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, we expected better from her."
Coppola added: "We urge Zephyr Teachout to reconsider her decision and appear alongside Will on Sunday as planned--and to agree to debates in the coming weeks. Democrats deserve a substantive discussion between the two candidates about the issues that affect upstate New York."COPYRIGHT 2016 CAROLE OSTERINK