Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Cynthia Nixon Snares Working Families Party Endorsement

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Andrew Cummings | 16 April, 2018, 02:01

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

The former "Sex and the City" star received more than 90 percent of party members' votes at their annual committee meeting. She is challenging current NY governor Andrew Cuomo - who is running for a third term - for the Democratic party nomination. 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.

The Working Families Party was formed in 1998 by labor unions and community groups and advocates for progressive issues. But Cuomo said Friday he would not seek its backing this year.

"I'm not naming names, but anybody who says they would not accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party is not a true progressive in New York State", Williams said. Nixon made a point to criticize such tactics on Saturday, and she had already been characterizing Cuomo as a Trump-like bully.

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She announced her campaign in mid-March, running left of 2-term Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The designation means that if Nixon were to lose the Democratic primary for governor in September, she would still be on the statewide ballot in November.

Cynthia Nixon got a major progressive endorsement in her primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"If by some fluke I do not, then I will confer with the Working Families Party, and we will sit down together, and we will hash it out".

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