The state Democratic and Working Families parties should find a primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the president of one of the state’s top public-employees unions said today.
Susan Kent, the president of the Public Employees Federation, said the Democratic governor hasn’t lived up to the ideals of the parties and should be challenged.
“I’m hopeful that the Democratic Party will come up with a primary candidate,” Kent told Gannett’s Albany Bureau. “I think that it’s important, especially in light of this budget, where progressive issues were really not pushed by the governor. I think it’s incumbent on the Democratic Party, the Working Families Party to come up with a primary challenger if they want to be true to the spirit of the parties.”
Kent’s comments are the latest sign of dissatisfaction by liberal groups and unions with Cuomo, who is seeking a second term in November.
Kent said she doesn’t expect the union, which has 55,000 members and is the second largest public-employee union in the state, to endorse Cuomo. She knocked the union’s prior leadership for backing Cuomo in 2010.
She said she doesn’t think “my members would be in any mood to endorse this governor.” She said she would be willing to talk to GOP candidate Rob Astorino.
Of course the UFT's Michael Mulgrew just bragged at last month's DA what a swell relationship he has with the union-hating, public school-hating Andrew Cuomo, so doubtful we'll hear anything from the UFT about primarying Cuomo.
But PEF's Kent seems to really want it:
Kent said she’s been talking to the AFL-CIO and the Working Families Party about taking on Cuomo.
“If we look at why the Working Families Party was founded, I’d say this should be job one for them right now,” Kent said. Cuomo’s “all about approval ratings. What we need to do is really tell the public what is going on here; what is a smoke screen.”
Meanwhile Mulgarten are looking to take over the NYSUT this weekend in the election and turn the leadership back into pro-Andy Cuomo shills.
Isn't it time Mulgrew and Weingarten are sent packing to their post-union leadership StudentsFirst or Gates Foundation gigs like that former DC union guy and replaced with leadership that fights for the rank and file?