Cynthia Nixon Snares Working Families Party Endorsement

  • Cynthia Nixon Snares Working Families Party Endorsement

Cynthia Nixon Snares Working Families Party Endorsement

A major New York progressive political party, the New York Working Families Party, endorsed Cynthia Nixon for New York governor, HuffPost reported.

"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.

With Cuomo out, Nixon picked up 91.5% of the Working Families Party's weighted vote, helping her campaign in the early stages of an uphill fight against the Democratic governor.

"The last eight years under Andrew Cuomo have been an exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction, and dishonesty", said Nixon. "Eighty percent of the New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates". Those same members will vote again next month on formally nominating her for the party's line on the ballot.

Nixon announced her candidacy for governor of NY in March. Some WFP leaders left the group in apparent solidarity with Cuomo, highlighting a growing rift within the state's Democratic Party.

He narrowly won the party's nod in 2014 over primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, and he faced the prospect of losing to Nixon on Saturday.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer says the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched". NY state does have a medical marijuana program, though it is extremely restrictive. Despite the attention here campaign's received online, most polls show her trailing Cuomo by almost 50 points.