Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Working Families Party Endorses Nixon

Police remained at the Scotia Green Dispensary on Spring Garden Road Tuesday morning Police remained at the Scotia Green Dispensary on Spring Garden Road Tuesday morning
Faye Gross | 16 April, 2018, 02:04

While it is no big secret that the "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of NY.

Cynthia Nixon, second from left, poses for photos with members of the Working Families Party, including co-chair Karen Scharff, second from right, after securing the party's endorsement Saturday at the Albany Hilton. That didn't work, however, and large local chapters of the SEIU and Communications Workers of America both left the WFP on Friday as a result, though they were not the first unions to split from the party since it nearly endorsed Cuomo's last left-liberal challenger, Zephyr Teachout, in 2014.

The endorsement from the small but influential party was expected after Cuomo pulled out of the running late Friday as union leaders split over whom the party should endorse.

Cuomo's campaign announced Friday night that the governor would end his quest to win the party's nomination.

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The party describes itself as the state's progressive political party. In a recent video she posted, Nixon explained: "I believe it is time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C., and legalize recreational marijuana". There were also published reports that said the governor urged the unions to withdraw funding from community groups within the Working Families Party.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer says the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".

Nixon, the Sex and the City star, declined to commit to run her campaign through November should she lose the Democratic primary.

Although Nixon's campaign has been seen as a long shot, obtaining one of the most sought-after endorsements might make her a more serious challenger to the two-time governor.

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