Howie Hawkins on the contradictions the Working Families Party faces by using cross-endorsements

That didn’t take long. On Saturday, April 13 the Working Families Party endorsed Democrat Cynthia Nixon for New York Governor. By the following Tuesday, the WFP said they didn’t really mean it.

“We will not be a spoiler,” said Bill Lipton, the WFP’s political director, indicating that the WFP will take Nixon off its ballot line if she loses the Democratic primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo. Perhaps the WFP will offer Cuomo their ballot line for a third time if he wins the Democratic primary – if he will take it.

I feel for rank-and-file WFP progressives. It’s an abusive relationship. They got double-crossed by Cuomo in 2014 when they endorsed him. This year they got strong-armed by Cuomo when they didn’t.

I would like to reassure WFP progressives that, whatever happens in the Democratic primary, the Green Party gubernatorial ticket will offer a progressive alternative in the November 6 general election.

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One thought on “Howie Hawkins on the contradictions the Working Families Party faces by using cross-endorsements

  1. Jim Polichak from Long Island

    In New York State it is not that easy to remove a candidate who has been legally nominated by a party.
    Death is one way – I doubt if Ms Nixon would go along with that way.
    Another is to be appointed to a judgeship – I don’t think Ms Nixon is qualified nor is she likely to be offer one.
    Moving out of New York State might allow the Working Families Party to replace her with Cuomo but if she wants to stay in the race as a candidate they can not force her off the ballot.

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