Cynthia Nixon wins Working Families Party support against Andrew Cuomo
16 April, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
Actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon has garnered a big endorsement as she seeks the democratic nomination for governor of NY.
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. Executive director, Bill Lipton, says many in the party blame Cuomo for the continued control of the State Senate by Republicans, saying Cuomo didn't do enough to help Democrats win seats and mend differences.
The endorsement from the small but influential party was expected after Cuomo pulled out of the running late Friday as union leaders split over whom the party should endorse.
Labor unions allied with Cuomo said Friday they would withdraw from the Working Families Party.
Even if Nixon's long-shot campaign to defeat Cuomo in the Democratic primary were to succeed, the governor's name would nearly certainly still be on the ballot in November. In a recent video she posted, Nixon explained: "I believe it is time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C., and legalize recreational marijuana".
Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer says the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".
"But in that divide the governor stands with the unions who have left the WFP and no longer feel it represents the interests of the middle- and working-class New Yorkers". Despite the attention here campaign's received online, most polls show her trailing Cuomo by almost 50 points.
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