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Working Families Party Endorses Bill Thompson for Mayor

Friday, July 10, 2009

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For weeks now Mayor Bloomberg's early multi-million dollar ad campaign had created an air of inevitability. But with this week's endorsement of Comptroller Bill Thompson by the Working Families Party, the mayor had his first political setback in his bid for a third term.

The WFP executive panel, which includes some of the city's most powerful unions, backed Thompson by a vote of 75 out of 109. Thompson is also competing for the Democratic nomination against City Councilman Tony Avella. Thompson's name will appear on the WFP ballot line in November.

The vote by Working Families is interesting for another reason. It can be difficult for unions representing municipal workers to oppose an incumbent mayor. In the WFP vote, the powerful teachers union chose to abstain. The communications workers and healthcare workers union 1199 voted for Thompson. Some unions that are under the WFP umbrella, like the plumbers and United Food Commercial Workers have already endorsed Bloomberg.

The upcoming mayoral election is expected to be a low-turnout affair with estimates that just one in four voters may cast ballots. That makes labor unions more important in getting out the vote. In addition to Thompson, WFP has endorsed Councilman Bill DeBlasio for Public Advocate and Councilman John Liu for City Comptroller.

In the 2005 mayoral race, Bloomberg won enough union support to deny the WFP ballot line to his Democratic rival Fernando Ferrer.

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Comments [2]

Tom

Tony Avella is too unknown to beat Bloomberg. Avella can call Thompson part of a machine all he wants but Thompson in fact does offer fresh ideas, experience, and an attitude which favors all of New York, not just the wealthy.

Jul. 27 2009 11:10 AM
Bronxgirl

The Working Families Party may have started out with good intentions but they are nothing but a pathetic has-been joke now. After making a big fuss last fall along with Council Member Leticia James against the extension of term limits and putting up posters all over the down town area -- what do they do??? They endorse the Slush Fund Queen Christine Queen for another council run. How can anyone take them seriously every again. Quinn twisted arms to get the council to vote with Bloomberg to extend term limits. Disgusting!

Everyone knows that Tony Avella clearly won the mayoral forum sponsored by this sad excuse for a party -- the bloggers, tweeters and those who saw it. But what does the WFP do - they endorse Bill Thompson. Thompson cannot win against Bloomberg. He has no great desire to be mayor. He is lackluster with no ideas that inspire. Besides, he has been part of this administration for the last eight years.

They are all part of the political machine. God help NYC.

Jul. 11 2009 12:08 PM

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