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Cuomo May Face Challenge From The Left

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Cuomo May Face Challenge From The Left


For New York progressives, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is Governor 1 Percent.

On economic issues, Cuomo has been no liberal Democrat. He’s cut taxes on the wealthy, sparred with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio over a minimum-wage raise, and cut funding for state education. Former NY assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D) told Vox about Cuomo: “He’s adopted the philosophical and political posture that the problem with government is overtaxing and overspending. How is that different from a Tea Party conservative?”

And now, Cuomo’s fiscal conservatism has earned him admonition from progressive groups in New York. Specifically, the New York Working Families Party (WFP), — a growing political party made up primarily of liberal activists and labor unions — will most likely nominate a candidate to challenge the governor in the November general election.

The Working Families Party will hold its convention this weekend, where it is expected to nominate its own candidate, rather than endorsing Cuomo. “Unless there is a significant new development in the next 24 hours, I don’t expect the state committee to endorse the governor,” Karen Scharff, co-chair of the WFP, told The New York Times.

Instead, the party will likely throw its support behind Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor and former staffer for Howard Dean during his failed presidential bid.

Teachout told the Times about the election: “Voters in New York want a real choice, and right now, with just Astorino and Cuomo — they seem to just be fighting about who can give more tax breaks to billionaires.”

This news comes on the heels of Mayor de Blasio — a friend of WFP — lobbying the group on behalf of Governor Cuomo.  The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that de Blasio met with leaders of WFP and labor union officials to convince them Cuomo deserved their support.

Ironically, when Cuomo was first seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, he wanted nothing to do with The Working Families Party. In 2010, he urged WFP – which was under scrutiny by federal prosecutors at the time — to not nominate him as the party’s candidate.

Today, the tables have turned.

And considering just how many votes WFP can deliver to Cuomo, it’s no wonder he wants to secure the party’s nomination.

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll of New York voters, Governor Cuomo leads Republican challenger Rob Astorino by a margin of 57 percent to 28 percent. But the same poll shows that if Cuomo is matched up against Astorino and a hypothetical third candidate from the Working Families Party, the governor’s support would shrink significantly: He would receive just 37 percent, while 24 percent would favor Astorino and 22 percent would back the WFP candidate.

Nevertheless, Cuomo and his Democratic camp are confident about their chances in the general election. A Cuomo spokesman told The New York Times about the governor’s challengers on the left, “The governor just finished a Democratic convention where he was endorsed by every credible progressive official and labor leader in New York.”

Photo: Pat Arnow via Flickr



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  1. yesIDeeClaire May 31, 2014

    Over the long term, cultures with superior customs, such as liberty and free enterprise, have a distinct advantage over primitive groups using ancient practices such as collectivism.

    1. dtgraham June 1, 2014

      Yes I’ve always felt that Somalia had a distinct advantage over primitive collectivist groups like Sweden and such, seeing as the former has no formal government to speak of and the latter feels that the public sector has a vital role to play in democracy, society, and the health of the general economy as a whole.

      1. browninghipower June 2, 2014


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  2. leadvillexp May 31, 2014

    Cuomo is a dictator! Maybe the left is now learning what the right and everyone else knows. His own people can’t speak freely.

    1. angryspittle June 1, 2014

      Oferchrisakes, Cuomo is no lefty.

      1. Mark Forsyth June 2, 2014

        That might very well be the point.

      2. leadvillexp June 4, 2014

        Cuomo just recently said he would support a $10.10 an hour minimum wage, give students in the country illegally college aid and give prisoners college aid. This is not left? My kids had to pay to go to college with loans. My wife worked three years at her job to get to $10.20 an hour now she goes back to minimum? The buying power of all will go down, including the poor. You don’t think the business owners will eat the minimum raise do you? They will raise prices for all to cover it. Middle class will become non-existent. Only the rich and the poor will survive. The poor can be controled, the middle class can’t. Cuomo just said that he would not support any Democrat that compromises with the Republicans.

        1. angryspittle June 4, 2014

          OoooHHH!!! A $10.10 minimum wage!!!

          Thanks for your Jeenyus economic analysis.

  3. Mark Forsyth June 1, 2014

    With Cuomo as Governor,there are many of us here in New York State that feel we have got ourselves a full case of Republican Lite that should be poured back into the sorry horse it came from.

  4. browninghipower June 2, 2014

    This Cuomo is merely another BS Democrat. He sucks. Maybe we Progressives/Liberals need to take down these clowns once and for all and let them know we’ve had enough of the Clintons and the Obamas and the cowardly DC Dems who’ve sold us out, lied to us, treated us with contempt while doing nothing but kissing the gilded asses of the 1%. Really, you can no longer tell the differences between many Dems and the fucking gop without a scorecard. I don’t know how bad it’s going to have to get before the pendulum swings back our way. Cuomo is a disease and part of the Democrats’ problem along with shits like Rendell of PA, and the Blue Dogs. Crap, I made my coffee too strong this morning.

    1. Mark Forsyth June 2, 2014

      With all the greased palms and brown noses in politics,it’s a wonder that anybody would give carte blanche to any party.This New Yorker thinks you nailed it.Have another cup.

  5. browninghipower June 2, 2014

    Oh and I hope Cuomo gets a strong third Party challenge, the arrogant bastard.


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