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Monday, August 25, 2014

Voters in Jamaica, Queens casting ballots in the 2013 primary election. Voters in Jamaica, Queens casting ballots in the 2013 primary election. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

State elections are being held this year, starting with the September 9th primary. Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, looks at the contending candidates.


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Azi Paybarah

Comments [21]

What kind of public media outlet are you? Howie Hawkins is a viable candidate. Astorino will never win in NY and Teachout isn't even on the ballot. You claim to be progressive then host a debate between two Republicrats? Sham. Willful epic fail.

Aug. 27 2014 09:55 AM
John from Rochester, NY

Candidates with lines on the ballot should be in the debates, plain and simple. Howie Hawkins is on the November ballot, Howie should be included.

Aug. 26 2014 11:45 PM
Joseph from New York City

Please include Howie Hawkins! I am a registered Green and my candidate should be there.

Aug. 26 2014 03:30 PM
Carey Campbell

Please include Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor in debate. Howie and Green Party Green New Deal Eco jobs for economy are winners. Thank you.

Aug. 26 2014 02:48 PM

Obviously, the media all being owned by the same corporate interests which own the corporatocratic parties don't want you to know there's a better choice than the Plutocrats and Plutocrats Lite. As long as the voters believe they can only choose between fascists and less-extreme fascists, the political spectrum becomes more fascist with each election.

Aug. 26 2014 12:53 PM
Peter

Why does one person or one small group of people decide who debates and who doesn't? If a candidate is on the ballot, then they should have the opportunity to debate. NY voters need to hear their options.

Aug. 26 2014 11:32 AM
Shawn M. Long from New York, NY

If someone is guaranteed to be on a ballot on election day (such as Howie Hawkins), they should be guaranteed a spot in any debate regarding that election (such as yours). This is America. We are a democracy. Brian Lehrer, did you forget how to democracy?

Also, the more candidates to gang up on Gov. Cuomo the more exciting the debates will be (read: larger audience).

Aug. 26 2014 10:49 AM
Donald from Manhattan

Ms. Teachout hasn't a chance. All she is doing is splitting the Democratic Party and helping the Republicans. She should have been working herself up by running for other jobs in the government. Experience does count. Let us see if when she loses, she will back Cuomo and the Democratic party.

Aug. 26 2014 08:18 AM
Chris from from Manhattan

I find Brian Lehrer’s choice of participants in his upcoming gubernatorial candidates debate bewildering and exasperating. Howie Hawkins is third behind Cuomo and Astorino at 7% in the polls. He is the nominee of a statewide ballot access party. And he is guaranteed to be on the ballot for governor on Election Day. Zephyr Teachout is the nominee of no party. She appears to have less name recognition than Howie Hawkins. And she will most likely not even be on the ballot in November.
Is Mr. Lehrer afraid to allow a diversity of opinion on his show? Is his definition of a diversity of viewpoints limited to the very small space in which discourse happens within the corporate-controlled parties of the Democrats and Republicans? Or is he afraid of receiving less support from those in the major party establishments, if he lets a real progressive debate the issues on his show? Cuomo’s support from the left is very soft this year, and Mr. Lehrer knows it. He should immediately reconsider his plans for the debate and allow Mr. Hawkins to participate.
Ms. Teachout’s silence about Mr. Lehrer’s choice of candidates is also perplexing. She sat beside Mr. Hawkins at a recent criminal justice forum for candidates at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, fielding the same questions as he did from New York 1 News host Dean Meminger. Rob Astorino and Andrew Cuomo (not to mention their representatives) were nowhere to be seen. At the very least, she should be lobbying for Mr. Hawkins’ inclusion on Mr. Lehrer’s show.
The Green Party of New York State is the only independent left party in New York State. It is the only party that grows its own candidates, instead on relying on fusion with candidates from the two major parties. And, it is the only party that stands up for the vast majority of the state’s working people. Its candidate, Howie Hawkins, richly deserves a place at the table.

Aug. 25 2014 10:29 PM
Ric Can

Cuomo is doing what every politician since ... Pericles has done when holding a commanding lead, he's ignoring the rest of the field. Big deal.

As to who WNYC chooses to interview, who's covered who's not... that's a whole different matter. WNYC is a public radio station but there's still the usual levels of management that are found in any corporation, and they're all filled with people making decisions. No one has yet figured out a way to have THE PUBLIC sit in on the meetings, advocate for their causes and brainstorm ideas on how to pay the bills. That's all on one hand.

On the other hand I think whoever decides to run for high office and registers any support at all in the polls should be taken seriously. I realize nobody has unlimited resources but if not WNYC then who? Who else will even pretend to care there's a Working Party, a Green Party and so on. I was lucky to be listening to today, lucky I read Yves Smith blog yesterday so I at least *heard* of Teachout. Unfortunately that's more than I can say for most NYers.

Aug. 25 2014 09:52 PM

DOJ admits Lerner’s IRS emails do exist
August 25, 2014 at 1:29 pm Robert Zimmerman

Cover-up: A Justice Department official has admitted that Lois Lerner’s emails can be retrieved from a back up system, but the Obama administration simply doesn’t want to retrieve them.

In other words, everything the IRS and Obama administration has said previously about the destruction of these emails was a lie, including lying under oath while testifying to Congress.

Aug. 25 2014 06:21 PM
Matthew Kouba from Madison County

Why is Howie Hawkins for NY Governor not being included in the Debates? It isn't the role of the media to pre-select which candidates the people are allowed to know about; neither is it the job of the media to do Astorino and the two-parties bidding. Howie is at almost 7% in the polls, with nearly 2/3 of everyone who knows about him supporting him; we know what the two parties are afraid of given his history of outstanding performance against all odds - that he will win this election if the people know about him. We know that he is the only working-class candidate, the only candidate who takes no corporate money, and so the only candidate who is in a position to represent the people of NY. Include him in the debates and give the choice to the people!

Aug. 25 2014 05:09 PM
Karen from Brooklyn

WNYC is a public media outlet and should take its responsibility to the public very seriously. WNYC must provide the public with COMPLETE information about the election. What is their stated reason not to do so?

If WNYC doesn't include Hawkins in the debate, they are enabling, one could even say blessing, Cuomo's corruption and arrogance. People need to know they can vote for someone who reflects their values come November - not just on Sept. 4. The public needs to know they can register a significant percentage of opposition to Cuomo. If it's high enough, it could even scare him into having a little more respect for the citizens of this state. And giving people a chance to support Hawkins gives them a chance to build a real political alternative - the Green Party. WNYC, do the right thing!

Aug. 25 2014 02:50 PM
Karen from Brooklyn

WNYC is a public media outlet and should take its responsibility to the public very seriously. WNYC must provide the public with COMPLETE information about the election. What is their stated reason not to do so?

If WNYC doesn't include Hawkins in the debate, they are enabling, one could even say blessing, Cuomo's corruption and arrogance. People need to know they can vote for someone who reflects their values come November - not just on Sept. 4. The public needs to know they can register a significant percentage of opposition to Cuomo. If it's high enough, it could even scare him into having a little more respect for the citizens of this state. And giving people a chance to support Hawkins gives them a chance to build a real political alternative - the Green Party. WNYC, do the right thing!

Aug. 25 2014 02:49 PM
Donald J. Sepanek

Two candidates for governor agree to debate while a third hides in the shadows amid a corruption scandal. Not surprising that he would not want to be answering questions right about now.

Aug. 25 2014 02:43 PM
Clay

Teachout has been encouraging would be Greens to cannibalize themselves, and sacrifice their integrity, for over a decade. She worked on the Dean 2004 Campaign, which actively sought Nader 2000 volunteers.

She's a Vermonter who's staying in NYC because she found a gig here.

She's an absolute carpetbagger.

She's a disgrace to progressive politics.

Hawkins!!!

Aug. 25 2014 01:30 PM
Michael from Brooklyn

Hosting a debate for Teachout and Astorino that excludes Green Party Candidate Howie Hawkins is entirely unjustifiable.

- This is not a "Democratic Primary debate", as Astorino is not appearing appearing on the NY Democratic Primary ballot. That rational is always dubious, but does not apply here at all.

- This is not about who is a "serious contender". Howie is polling at 7% in general election polls, which would be roughly 200,000 votes on election day. He won nearly 60,000 votes in 2010, securing official ballot status for the Greens in NY State. He has about as many donors as Cuomo, making grassroots-level contributions. He is getting consistent media coverage across the state. By all traditional measures, this is a serious campaign.

The general election polls don't even *include* Teachout, because pollsters think she has a snowball's chance in hell of beating Cuomo in the primary. So if you're playing "serious contender" realpolitik, she is roughly as likely to beat Cuomo in the Primary as Howie is to beat Cuomo on Election Day. Howie, however, is *guaranteed* to be on the *actual election* ballot in November.

The only reason to exclude Hawkins and the Greens, then, is maintaining the duopoly system of two corporate parties that continues to strangle our democracy.

- Letting Teachout and Astorino block out Hawkins now makes it more likely that Astorino will be able to box out third party candidates for a general election debate -- which he has sworn to do. And that's if Cuomo agrees to a debate at all.

If you consider yourself a progressive and a Teachout supporter for the primary, I'm asking you to please raise hell to Lehrer that Hawkins (and Democratic Primary contender Randy Credico, for that matter) should be included in this debate.

Please tell Teachout that if she has the courage of her convictions then she will not comply with Astorino's agenda to exclude political voices. It will be better for progressive politics in NY for listeners to hear a broader perspective of what is possible.

If you don't support a candidate yet, then there is even more reason for you to get a chance to hear as many as possible in real debates!

Please sign the RealDebateNY.com petition that I have been organizing. We are up to almost a thousand signatures!
http://www.realdebateny.com/ Please link on twitter, hashtag ‪#‎realdebateny‬

We need you to stand up and raise your voice now! These debates are how the greatest number of people will have the opportunity to hear a real diversity of views for how to tackle climate change, deep unemployment and injustices across our society.

Aug. 25 2014 11:39 AM
sp from nyc

I am appalled that your Albany reporter has blown off Teachout as a serious candidate. Cuomo's vulnerabilities among liberals are immense. I voted for Cuomo four years ago, with high hopes of a progressive, honest (or at least more progressive, more honest) state government than we had enjoyed heretofore. More fool I, but, as the adage goes, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me"; I will not be voting for Cuomo again. Why?
1. He is clearly on the side of the corrupt, if not, at least technically, among them. His $33 million campaign fund (notably not included in his pathetic attempt to distract us with public funding for the comptroller race only) is far from transparent. His take-down of the Moreland Commission when they turned out to be more than window dressing for his ongoing corruption is now beyond doubt.
2. His pandering to the charter (read hedge fund) lobby, without regard ot the real harm done to true public schools (after all, hedge funders make big donations, public school kids do not).
3. His coy dissembling on fracking, despite ever accumulating evidence that it poisons the water and air, causes earthquakes where they never occurred before, and brings social problems well documented in the towns and states previously sold this bill of goods.
every registered Democrat needs to vote for, and get their friends and family to vote for, get out the vote for Teachout and Wu in the primary; Cuomo's "values" aren't ours.

Aug. 25 2014 10:27 AM
Amy from Manhattan

The only way I'd find Gov. Cuomo's claims about why he limited & then disbanded the Moreland Commission acceptable would have been if he said someone (in his administration, from a watchdog group, etc.) had pointed out that there could be a conflict of interest if his commission investigated his administration & then asked the legislation or some independent body to set up a commission that wouldn't have a conflict--& if he'd then cooperated fully w/it.

Aug. 25 2014 10:26 AM
john from office

Brian I dare you to mention the video of the strong arm robbery, by Mr. Brown, before you bow to him on the show.

Aug. 25 2014 10:21 AM
antonio from baySide

The Governor is going to get crushed. Why else would he be running away from her? Question is will the media spin that fact...Of course they will...

Aug. 25 2014 10:09 AM

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