Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Major New York progressive group endorses Cynthia Nixon

Major New York progressive group endorses Cynthia Nixon

Actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon has garnered a big endorsement as she seeks the democratic nomination for governor of NY.

The moves are the latest in a bruising battle for the democratic nomination between the favored incumbent Cuomo and the upstart newcomer Nixon.

"For eight years he has broken promises", WFP director Bill Lipton said of Cuomo, who had the party's support in his last two elections.

The endorsement, along with party's backing New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor, offers an intriguing dynamic going into the fall. She is challenging current NY governor Andrew Cuomo - who is running for a third term - for the Democratic party nomination. As a long-time advocate for progressive values, Cynthia is committed to fight for a better, more equal NY.

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Cuomo's campaign didn't immediately comment.

With the Working Families Party by our side, we will fight for equitable schools, good jobs, single-payer health care, subways that actually work, environmental justice, and an end to mass incarceration. Cuomo soon followed to say he too would not seek the party's nod.

But Lipton accused the guv of threatening retaliation against unions affiliated with Nixon endorsers.

"Big donors and powerful political insiders have held too much power in Albany for too long", Lipton said in a statement. "Several times, he said 'if unions or anyone give money to any of these groups, they can lose my number'".

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"Today, the Working Families Party voted to endorse two visionary candidates who will transform NY into a progressive leader and put the power back into the hands of the people, not just a wealthy few".

Cuomo's backers denied he threatened members of the party, and several major unions dropped out of the party on Friday.

That didn't work, however, and large local chapters of the SEIU and Communications Workers of America both left the WFP on Friday as a result, though they were not the first unions to split from the party since it nearly endorsed Cuomo's last left-liberal challenger, Zephyr Teachout, in 2014.

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