As noted in a Daily News article, Senator Gillibrand is courting the Working Families Party (a labor-backed third party in New York, which often endorses Democratic candidates) to help her image for a possible Democratic primary, and to polish her leftist credentials for the 2010 elections.
from Ballot Access News
Senator Gillibrand Meets with Leaders of N.Y. Working Families Party
April 20th, 2009
On April 20, newly appointed U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York met with state leaders of the Working Families Party. See this [Daily News] news article.
Also, in NY political news, Politics1 reports on current Governor Paterson’s sinking approval numbers and other polling numbers concerning the 2010 NY Governor’s race. Who the Democratic and Republican candidates are, and what their approval rating is, has a great impact on third parties in New York. The only way for an independent political body in New York to become an automatic ballot-status party, is to receive 50,000 votes in the Governor election every four years.
Tuesday News Update
NEW YORK. A new Siena Research poll shows Governor David Paterson (D) still struggling, as he only has a 27% favorable rating — and only 12% of those polled said they’re prepared to vote for Paterson in 2010. In a Democratic primary match-up, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) leads with 64%, followed by Paterson at 11% and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi ay 8%. In a general election [for NY Governor], former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani (R) leads Paterson 56% to 29% — but Giuliani loses to Cuomo by a lopsided 53-39 vote.
Politics1 ends by making note of Senator Gillibrand’s polling for Senate (which may be another reason why she is appealing to the Working Families Party)…
The poll also indicated problems for US Senator Kirsten Gilibrand (D), as 47% of voters said they’d prefer someone else over her in 2010 [for Senate], while 20% plan to support her.