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NY State Democratic party boss hints he wants to abolish fusion

The full story is at Newsday: here.

Richard Winger commented on the situation at Ballot Access News
New York State Democratic Party Chair Hints He Wants to Abolish Fusion
September 13th, 2009

Jay Jacobs, who will soon take up his post as state chair of the New York Democratic Party, says he tends to want to make it illegal for two political parties to jointly nominate the same candidate, according to this Newsday article. [See link above.]

The article does not mention that in 1912, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that the State Constitution protects the right of two political parties to jointly nominate the same candidate.

Jacobs complains that the 3 qualified minor parties of New York state (Conservative, Working Families, and Independence) don’t run enough of their own members for public office. However, there are many changes in state election law that could be made, to increase the number of candidates running for office in the general election. New York state could alter its definition of “political party” so that parties like the Green, Libertarian, and Constitution Parties could enjoy that status. Those parties would tend to mostly run their own members for public office. New York state could also alter the order in which parties are listed on the ballot, so that any party appearing on the ballot has an equal random shot at appearing on the top line, as many states do. That would tend to decrease the influence of the older qualified minor parties, relative to newer ones.

At onthewilderside blog, Green Party member Ian Wilder posted the following comments:

I agree with Jay Jacobs. Cross-endorsement is a failed experiment. Democracy is a plethora of voices.

from Newsday:

“It doesn’t give voters choice; it takes choice away,” Jacobs says of cross-endorsement. “Choice would be having different candidates on each of the lines.”

Now if Jacobs actually meant this he would also be working to rid NY law of the byzantine rules that effectively prevent citizen candidates from running. Somehow, I don’t expect to see that.

Note: Post author Kimberly Wilder is Ian Wilder’s co-blogger at onthewilderside.

4 Comments

  1. Dave Schwab Dave Schwab September 14, 2009

    “Seems like an odd item to pursue given the ease that the heavies co-opt the likes of the WFP & Conservatives. With exception of the current Hoffman campaign in the 23rd, Conservatives tend to go in lock step with the GOP provided they get adequate respect and jobs (at least when Pataki ruled). Likewise, any self respecting Dem who doesn’t placate the rabid sensibility of entitlement that the WFP displays without apology.”

    That’s probably why the Democratic party head wants to do away with fusion… he’s annoyed that he has to split the patronage pie with WFP.

  2. Eric Sundwall Eric Sundwall September 14, 2009

    Seems like an odd item to pursue given the ease that the heavies co-opt the likes of the WFP & Conservatives. With exception of the current Hoffman campaign in the 23rd, Conservatives tend to go in lock step with the GOP provided they get adequate respect and jobs (at least when Pataki ruled). Likewise, any self respecting Dem who doesn’t placate the rabid sensibility of entitlement that the WFP displays without apology.

    Libertarians would benefit from this in the long term, perhaps. Only because the other ‘parasite’ parties exist at the fancy of the big two. In the short term, besides the Greens, they’ll offer the only resistance to the status quo when next year’s statewide elections ensue.

    The Independence Party is a weird anomaly because they don’t seem to represent much (perhaps term limits or referendum). Once they have gained party status, they tend to surf around in a very opportunistic manner, endorsing candidates they deem as advantageous. Without Golisano as a major backer, look for them to go with Cuomo once he makes his move . . .

  3. Kimberly Wilder Kimberly Wilder September 13, 2009

    The Last Conservative said:
    -Real conservatism is monarchism/feudalism/church domination. All other innovations are liberal heresies.-

    LOL!

  4. The Last Conservative The Last Conservative September 13, 2009

    Stupid stupid stupid. But at least if the Republicans did it too, it would mess with the so-called Conservative Party, which calls itself conservative even though they are all liberal communists just like everybody else. Real conservatism is monarchism/feudalism/church domination. All other innovations are liberal heresies.

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