New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the endorsement of the state’s left leaning Working Families Party in a messy convention vote that stretched to nearly midnight on Saturday night.
Cuomo did not attend the contentious meeting, but he did send a pre-produced video, and some of the party members booed when he later phoned in some comments. But the governor, speaking the next morning, said the messy process doesn’t matter, because when it was finished, he received 58% of the delegates' votes.
“At the end of the day, I won the endorsement,” Cuomo said. “And that’s what’s really relevant.”
Cuomo also seemed to take a step back from some promises that party members believed he made. Party Co-chair Karen Scharff said in a statement that the governor has “joined” with the party to “secure a Democrat-Working Families majority in the New York State Senate."
But Cuomo told reporters only that he would oppose Democrats in the fall elections who are against several progressive items, including the Dream Act and public campaign financing.
Independent Democrats who co-lead the Senate with Republicans have said they are for those things, but can’t convince the GOP to go along.