Tim Wu Ran for Lieutenant Governor as an Outsider – Loses In Primary

Unfortunately, I have been busy and per-occupied lately. Somewhat recently, The New York Times did an excellent profile of Taiwanese-American (of Canadian decent) of Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, who was running for Lt. Governor. I had heard and read about Wu, since he is the guy who coined the term “net neutrality.” I hadn’t realized that the New York state election primary was happening and didn’t get a chance to blog about the article and about Wu:

Tim_Wu,_Campaign_Event,_Summer_2014“Only when he learned to read Chinese, as an adult, did Mr. Wu learn that his father had been a pioneer in the blacklisted Taiwan independence movement and had exhorted dissidents, in the extant documents, to oust the “thief” Chiang Kai-shek and his Nationalist government. “They were revolutionaries who basically said, ‘Let’s organize!’ ” Mr. Wu said. “Maybe I am borrowing from that tradition.” For the last couple of months, Mr. Wu, a Columbia Law School professor, has waged a shoestring anti-establishment campaign for lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary, which is scheduled for Sept. 9, alongside his top-of-the-ticket running mate, Zephyr Teachout. … Mr. Wu, 42, may actually have higher name recognition among engaged Democrats, especially in voter-rich New York City. An expert in Internet law and policy, he coined the phrase “net neutrality,” and is a best-selling author who has appeared on “The Colbert Report.” He has also picked up the endorsements of The Nation and the editorial board of The New York Times, among others.”

Wu lost to Kathy Hochul approximately 40% to 60% of the vote.

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Author: John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)