Working Families Party Endorses Nixon, Despite Pressure From Cuomo

16 April, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Nixon, who received more than 90 percent of the vote at the ultra-progressive party's state committee meeting, is now guaranteed a spot on the ballot in November, though the former Sex in the City actress didn't commit to remaining on the party's ballot line if she loses the Democratic primary against current governor Andrew Cuomo. Though technically a separate party, it tends to endorse and support progressive candidates from the major parties.

The small but influential Working Families Party endorsed Cuomo in 2010 and 2014.

"The last eight years under Andrew Cuomo have been an exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction, and dishonesty", said Nixon.

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Campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer adds "the schism between the progressive unions who founded the WFP and some of its member organizations is unfortunate, but in that divide the governor stands with the unions who have left the WFP and no longer feel it represents the interests of middle- and working-class New Yorkers".

Since announcing her candidacy in March, Nixon has attacked Cuomo for his close ties to wealthy corporate donors and for allowing the state legislature to be controlled by Republicans and Democrats who caucus with them. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue. NY state does have a medical marijuana program, though it is extremely restrictive. There were also published reports that said the governor urged the unions to withdraw funding from community groups within the Working Families Party.

"I will win the Democratic primary", Nixon told reporters after the vote.

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