Albany Times Union Carries Discussion of Why the Women’s Equality Party is in Legal Trouble

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

Casey Seiler has this interesting analysis of the legal problems of the Women’s Equality Party, in the Albany, New York Times Union. Seiler suggests that the Attorney General and the Comptroller both have motives for their refusal to sign any documents that would give the Women’s Equality Party a legitimate set of state party officers.

From the article cited:

Revenge, according to the Klingon proverb, is a dish that is best served cold.

That chill is similar to the icy silence you’ll receive after asking representatives for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli why they haven’t rushed to the aid of Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he attempts to reify his control of the year-old Women’s Equality Party.

“A Schneiderman spokesman declined to comment,” a Schneiderman spokesman said in an email in response to a brief list of questions about the mess. A DiNapoli spokeswoman did the same.

To summarize several weeks of political-legal angst: Control of the year-old WEP is now in limbo following a state Supreme Court justice’s ruling that all three of the current aspirants lack the proper credentials. In addition to Cuomo’s bid, two other groups from either end of the political spectrum have submitted takeover claims: a progressive faction fronted by former state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk and a group of Niagara County Republicans.

Team Cuomo is convinced Tkaczyk’s attempt to seize the party is being organized by the progressive Working Families Party, which sees the similarly-acronymed WEP as the governor’s attempt to dilute its influence following last year’s bruising endorsement fight between Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout. Indeed, Tkaczyk’s insurgent WEP is organized around a set of principles virtually identical to those of the WFP.

Schneiderman and DiNapoli have far better relationships with the Working Families Party than Cuomo does. They’re also more likely to be responsive to the entreaties of fellow Democrats such as state Sen. Liz Krueger, who has tartly observed that she had been under the impression that the political organization known for standing up for women’s rights already existed, and it was called the “Democratic Party.”

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