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Village Independent Democrats Endorse Howie Hawkins

From the candidate’s website.

The progressive Village Independent Democrats endorsed Green Party Governor candidate Howie Hawkins at their Friday endorsement meeting.

It is the first time in the venerable club’s history that it has endorsed a third party candidate for any office.

“I know it is a bold move for any Democratic club to endorse outside the party. But it makes sense as I’m the only candidate who will stand up for the 99% who are getting a raw deal from politicians. I am the only candidate who will ban fracking, and create millions of jobs by moving to 100% clean energy by 2030. And I’m the only candidate that will put a floor on wages with a $15 minimum wage. The endorsement makes sense as I am the only progressive running for Governor.” Hawkins said greeting the endorsement with gratitude.

“This historic endorsement, by this storied Democratic club is further proof that my campaign is gaining momentum as more attention is paid to it and progressives disaffected with Governor Cuomo and Albany corruption are finding a home in my campaign and where I stand on the issues.”

The 57 year-old club is best known for helping put an end to Tammany Hall and for starting Ed Koch’s political career.

“I suggested that our club give thought to endorsing Howard Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, as he embodies many of our principles including his strong support of labor and the working man. His opposition to fracking is yet another way that he espouses our efforts,” said Village Independent Democrats Executive Committee member Frieda Bradlow.

“Howie Hawkins represents the kind of strong progressive politics this club has historically stood for; such as when, with the aid of Eleanor Roosevelt, it helped put the kibosh on the last vestige of Tammany Hall style corruption in New York in the early 1960s.Since the new breed of political corruption takes the form of corporate money smothering our democracy, our club is staying true to its roots by supporting Howie Hawkins: a genuine friend of the working and middle classes,” said long time club member John Bredin.

Thanks to Deran for this news

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  1. paulie paulie October 15, 2014

    Great stuff!!!

    Agreed…and deja vu 🙂

  2. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn October 15, 2014

    Great stuff!!!

    October 14, 2014 8:01 PM By LANE FILLER

    If you spend much time talking to mainstream politicians, you can get bored. As they bicker over who wants to cut property taxes more without coming up with ways to limit the expenditures the taxes pay for, the eyelids droop. As they joust about the (largely nonexistent) difference between giving people here illegally a path to citizenship, a path to legal residency and a garden path to sweep at substandard wages while awaiting deportation, the mind wanders.

    “Is that all there is?” you think, which inevitably leads you to wonder whether Peggy Lee, who so famously asked that question, is still alive.
    You rouse yourself back to attentiveness, just in time to catch a ferocious agreement.
    “Unlike my opponent, I will end the waste, fraud and abuse that is taking hard-earned dollars from taxpayers.”

    “I oppose waste, fraud and abuse as much as you do . . . times infinity. Also, I’m like rubber, while you more closely resemble glue, and I think the voters know what that means.”
    I wish someone would come out in favor of waste, fraud and abuse, just for variety: “Many of my constituents benefit greatly by snatching ill-gotten crumbs falling from the huge and wasteful government maw, and I stand with them.”

    There are, though, candidates who want to talk about big ideas. It’s just that we’ve largely defined them as fringe folk, figures of fun who have no chance of seeing their ideals come to fruition and get little platform to espouse them.

    Spend an hour talking to New York gubernatorial candidates Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or Libertarian Michael McDermott and you will not be bored. Both support actual ideologies they express honestly. And you don’t have to agree with them, particularly on tactics, to recognize that their goals deserve discussion.

    Hawkins wants 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2030, and plenty of government funding to ensure it. McDermott sees the same future of sustainable energy dominating and fossil fuels waning, but via the free market, not government subsidies. And both oppose hydrofracking for natural gas in New York. They don’t sort of think that maybe if the interminable studies officials have ordered not to be finished ever get finished, then with certain safeguards designed by supertintelligent robots, it might be or might not be safe to blah blah blah.

    Hawkins wants a big state income tax increase on the wealthy and the reinstatement of a levy on every share of stock traded on Wall Street to let the state cut property taxes and send more money to municipalities, schools and universities. McDermott wants to abolish the state income tax over four years, which would return $40 billion a year to New Yorkers, and huge cuts in state spending.

    Hawkins wants free, single-payer health care for everyone. McDermott wants individuals to have the freedom to pay for health care as they see fit.

    I have spoken to at least 60 people seeking elective office in New York over the past two months and Hawkins and McDermott are the only two who’ve said they support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. These are big ideas. They are worth discussing, and mostly are rooted in laudable goals, even if the methods Hawkins and McDermott support are difficult to stomach. Big solutions to big problems are always difficult to stomach. The solutions that don’t come with sacrifice don’t work.

    McDermott and Hawkins will debate Republican candidate Rob Astorino and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the Democrat, on Oct. 22 in Buffalo. It’s the only debate scheduled and the best chance to hear Hawkins and McDermott. Astorino and Cuomo will get the attention, but that’s not all there is, even if there are mainstream politicians who’d prefer you think so.

    Lane Filler is a member of the Newsday editorial board.

  3. paulie paulie October 13, 2014

    Is Hawkins or McDermott doing any media buys? Redlich thinks that his radio ads had more to do with him doing better than past LP candidates than the debate. I think he underestimates the role of the debate, but he’s probably right that the radio ads played a large role.

  4. Deran Deran October 13, 2014

    It’ll be interesting to see Hawkins, Cuomo, Astorino and McDermot do in the October 22 debate. It’s sad that WNYC (the New York City main PBS affiliate only wants a Cumo v Astorino debate. Perhaps is Hawkins polling keeps stteady around 10%ish WNYC will be forced to include Hawkins.

    I wonder if any of the independent Democratic clubs in Brooklyn are thinking of endorsing Hawkins, as a way of thumbing their nose at Cuomo?

  5. Joe Wendt Joe Wendt October 12, 2014

    Nice to see a third party candidate get a great endorsement from a good organization

  6. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn October 12, 2014


    VID recognizes that Cuomo is just another hack politician, not very different from Astorino (the Republican).

    An aside: VID has always hated the Cuomo family. A few of us remember the 1982 Democratic primary between Andrew Cuomo’s father Mario and VID stalwart Ed Koch–“Vote for Cuomo, not the homo!” Needless to say, Mario was not well-received in the Village after that.

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