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Major New York progressive group endorses Cynthia Nixon

Major New York progressive group endorses Cynthia Nixon

Saying New Yorkers need a governor "who will stand with the people", Cynthia Nixon won the support of the Working Families Party on Saturday, giving her campaign a boost in its bid to beat incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Those same members will vote again next month on formally nominating her for the party's line on the ballot. 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 New York Times reports that Cuomo has also been telling unions to cut off funding for community groups that veer for Nixon, and if they don't they can "lose my number".

She cited his efforts to move NY toward a $15 an hour minimum wage, adopt same-sex marriage, enact paid family leave and achieve a record $27 billion in funding for education.

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Just before Cuomo dropped out, two major remaining unions in the party announced that they were withdrawing from the working Families Party, and other union leaders released stinging rebukes, calling the WFP "phony lifestyle progressives", and saying the party was a "cynical ploy" to use the unions to "drive a radical agenda".

The party describes itself as the state's progressive political party.

"The schism between the progressive unions who founded the WFP and some of its member organization is unfortunate", Fashouer said. "We can build a movement that can win, but only if we all come together".


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