By Michael Gormley
New York’s Green Party reached out to the Working Families Party to explore a liberal coalition to defeat Cuomo. The Green Party’s nominee for governor, Howie Hawkins of Syracuse, insists the effort could beat the Democratic governor.
It’s a far-fetched plan given the small size of each minor party, the popularity of Cuomo among Democrats, un-enrolled voters and many Republicans, and the reluctance of minor parties historically to band together.
Still, the rare overture reflects a growing dissatisfaction by some liberal leaders for Cuomo’s business tax cuts and spending reductions in his first term. Leaders of the Working Families Party say they are considering running their own candidate for governor, at the risk of failing to attract the 50,000 votes needed to maintain an automatic line on ballots.
“We share opposition to the conservative economic, fiscal, educational, and environmental policies of Governor Cuomo,” states the letter signed by Hawkins and his running mates. “We also share common progressive policy goals, including single-payer health care, raising minimum wages, progressive tax reform, fully-funded public schools, tuition-free CUNY and SUNY, a ban on fracking, and building a carbon-free economy by 2030.”
There was no immediate comment from the Working Families Party, which has been closely associated with the Democratic Party.
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Thanks to Green Party Watch for the link.