The Working Families Party: We Will Unify With Democrats

Sunday, June 06, 2010


“We want to have a unified ticket with the Democrats at the end of the day," said Dan Cantor, the executive director of the Working Families Party, a labor-backed party that wrapped up its nominating convention here today.

But endorsing Democratic candidates isn't so easy.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo said he's not taking the party's support - for now - pending the results of a U.S. Attorney's investigation into the group's campaign spending last year. And of the five Democratic attorney general candidates running, none attended the WFP's convention.

So, after a brief, closed-door meeting today, the WFP endorsed three little-known lawyers from New York City who, Cantor said, could be changed for other candidates as the November elections approaches.

"We needed to find a slate of candidates to carry our banner forward. If the situation changes between now and November, under New York law, there are ways to change your ticket," said Cantor.

"We're confident that at the end of the day, we'll end up with a unified effort with the Democrats," he said.

Cuomo didn't attend the WFP convention in Buffalo, but did call and thank the members of the Independence Party who nominated him for governor during their convention yesterday in Albany.

But the Independence Party is also under investigation. The Manhattan District Attorney is looking at payments the party received from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reelection campaign last year.

When asked if he felt there was a double standard in how Cuomo was treating the two parties under investigation, Cantor declined to comment.

The Working Families Party
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Democrat Andrew Cuomo said he's not ready yet to take their endorsement because the U.S. Attorney is investigating the party. Dan Cantor (left) and deputy director Bill Lipton (right).
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Sen. Chuck Schumer told the WFP "Of course, I'll be honored once again to be your standard bearer." Schumer spoke earlier at the Independent party's convention in Albany.

His colleague, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, attended neither.


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NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said, "In my line of work there's a lot of counting. And from now through Election Day, I hope I can count on you."
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Democrat Antoine Thompson of Buffalo was the only State Senator to attend the WFP convention. He told WNYC he thinks Andrew Cuomo "should take the organization's endorsement."
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Bertha Lewis, who led ACORN's New York operation and is a founding member of the WFP, said it's "disappointing" Andrew Cuomo doesn't want the party’s support.
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Brian Higgins (D-NY27) was the only member of Congress to attend the party's convention.
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Bob King
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On Sunday, the WFP went into a closed-door session and, moments later, nominated three little-known lawyers from NYC to run on their line for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
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After the nominations were made, WFP co-chair Bob Master worked the phones. Under state law, the party can substitute those candidates before the November elections.


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Steve from Brooklyn

Somehow the corruption of the Independence Party, its association with Lenora Fulani and the city's landlords doesn't bother Cuomo. He's playing these games with the WFP because it stands up for education, social services and working people, while Cuomo kow tows to developers, landlords and Wall Street.

Jun. 06 2010 07:10 PM

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