09/06/2014 03:48 pm ET Updated Sep 08, 2014

Zephyr Teachout Tried To Say Hello To Andrew Cuomo. It Did Not Go Well.

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout spotted incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) at Saturday's Labor Day parade, put on a smile and made her way through the crowd to say hello. It did not go well.

In a video recorded by NYTrue, Teachout is seen approaching Cuomo and his staff amid a packed parade route. "Hey, how are you doing?" she says to Cuomo aide Joe Percoco.

The progressive Fordham Law professor then attempts to approach the governor, but the aide quickly blocks her way. When Teachout moved around the aide to try again, he blocks her once more. At one point in the video, Teachout extends her arm and said "Hi," before Cuomo turned his head to greet New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A reporter asked Cuomo about the awkward encounter at an afternoon press conference.

"I know she was at the parade, but I didn't get a chance to talk to her," he responded.

Watch the video of the exchange above.



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