Working Families Party Endorses Nixon, Despite Pressure From Cuomo

Working Families Party Endorses Nixon, Despite Pressure From Cuomo

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New Yorkers won't have any problem lighting up if Miranda gets her way. She is challenging current NY governor Andrew Cuomo - who is running for a third term - for the Democratic party nomination.

That didn't work, however, and large local chapters of the SEIU and Communications Workers of America both left the WFP on Friday as a result, though they were not the first unions to split from the party since it nearly endorsed Cuomo's last left-liberal challenger, Zephyr Teachout, in 2014. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue. Cuomo's camp used the union retreat as an excuse for not seeking the third-party line. But Cuomo said Friday he would not seek its backing this year.

Cuomo's campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer on Saturday said Cuomo's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".

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"The schism between the progressive unions who founded the WFP and some of its member organization is unfortunate", Fashouer said. Despite the attention here campaign's received online, most polls show her trailing Cuomo by almost 50 points.

"Big donors and powerful political insiders have held too much power in Albany for too long", Lipton said in a statement.

Nixon, the Sex and the City star, declined to commit to run her campaign through November should she lose the Democratic primary.

The New York Working Families Party voted to endorse Nixon with more than 91% of the vote. "We can build a movement that can win, but only if we all come together".

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