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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Working Families Party Leadership Wants To Endorse Governor Cuomo

No surprise:

The Working Families Party is affiliated with some of the state's largest and most influential labor unions, which specialize in turning out the vote for their candidates.

Bob Master, co-chair of the party and political director for Communications Workers of America's Northeast chapter, acknowledged the union "has not always seen eye-to-eye on every issue with the governor."

But Master is among those at Working Families who ultimately want to back Cuomo. The party's future could be at stake: The party has to receive 50,000 votes on its line to maintain its spot on New York ballots.

"(Over) the last four years, I believe (Cuomo has) compiled a progressive record of accomplishment on issues ranging from marriage equality to supporting our members in contract fights, and that makes him deserving of the WFP endorsement," Master said. "We'll be working towards that end over the next 2 1/2 weeks."

Many in the rank-and-file do not want WFP to endorse Cuomo but my guess is, the leadership will carry the day and Cuomo will indeed be on the WFP line.

That's why it's good to know that Howie Hawkins has won the Green Party nomination and will be running this fall against Cuomo no matter what WFP does:

One certain candidate on the left is Howie Hawkins, running for governor for a second time on the Green Party line. He received more than 59,000 votes in 2010, earning a ballot line for the party in the 2014 election.

I'll be supporting Howie Hawkins on the Green Party line this fall.


  1. I'll be supporting Howie too. The WFP sent out a questionnaire a few weeks ago. I probably received it because I've signed some of their petitions in the past. I said no to Cuomo and suggested they endorse Howie. Oh, well.

    1. Many rank-and-file feel the way you do. But I suspect the leadership will prevail here.