Major New York progressive group endorses Cynthia Nixon

Saul Bowman
April 16, 2018

As expected, New York's Working Families Party officially endorsed gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Saturday.

Nixon says she was honored to receive the endorsement Saturday and "inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party". 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 New York Times reports that Cuomo has also been telling unions to cut off funding for community groups that veer for Nixon, and if they don't they can "lose my number".

Cuomo's backers denied he threatened members of the party, and several major unions dropped out of the party on Friday. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue.

As governor, Cynthia would fight for a progressive agenda in NY by supporting policies to provide health care for all, legalize marijuana, and take corporate money out of politics.

New Yorkers won't have any problem lighting up if Miranda gets her way.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer says the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".

"Big donors and powerful political insiders have held too much power in Albany for too long", Lipton said in a statement. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is running in a Democratic primary against Nixon, dropped out of contention for the party's nomination Friday night, after delegates were leaning toward Nixon.

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