“The poll confirms what I heard from voters as I went around the state last week announcing my campaign. Voters are upset with Cuomo’s rich man’s budget that pays for tax cuts for the very wealthy by underfunding schools, transit, and aid to municipalities that is needed to pay for state mandates and relieve property taxes. They are angry about Cuomo’s education agenda of high-stakes testing linked to Common Core and of aiding private charter schools over public schools that now must cut more staff and programs due to funding shortfalls. Environmentalists who want to ban fracking don’t trust him. Unemployed and low-wage voters feel Cuomo can’t even see them,” said Hawkins in a statement.
Hawkins, who is seeking the Green Party nomination to run against Cuomo in November, called for the Working Families Party to put him on their ballot line as well.
Given the lame response Dan Cantor had to yesterday's Siena College poll release, I suspect WFP leaders are looking for any way they can to avoid rank-and-file calls to nominate a third party candidate and just simply (and quietly) put Cuomo's name on their ballot line.