America’s newest celebrity politician Cynthia Nixon has gotten a big boost from the Working Families Party that nearly ensures she will be on the statewide ballot. Actress Cynthia Nixon is best known for her role in the hit HBO show “Sex and the City”. Here is the latest post on the news by Eric Garris from Ballot Access News:
On April 14, the New York Working Families Party overwhelmingly endorsed Cynthia Nixon for Governor instead of incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo is running for re-election this year. See this story. The WFP is now highly likely to nominate Nixon in May. That would almost certainly mean that she would be on the November ballot as the WFP nominee.
According to the article at Politico:
Nixon has promised to legalize and tax marijuana, end cash bail, push for single-payer health care and increase funding to public schools — raising taxes if necessary. Cuomo has said he has a record of progressive achievement and is an effective leader in the fight against President Donald Trump.
The WFP endorsement all but guarantees a formal nomination — which will come at a convention in May — and assures the “Sex and the City” star a spot on the November ballot, even if she fails to dislodge Cuomo in September’s Democratic primary.
The Working Families Party is an unusual power player in New York elections affiliated usually with the Democrats. It is a full political party founded in New York in 1998 and nearly a quarter million New Yorkers voted on the Working Families Party ballot line in 2012.
There are “sister” parties to the New York WFP in Connecticut, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Oregon, but there is as yet no national WFP. The party “blends a culture of political organizing with unionism, 1960s idealism, and tactical pragmatism”. Look here for the Working Families Party party platform. From their website:
The Working Families Organization (“WFO”) is a 501(c)(4) organization focusing primarily on nonpartisan advocacy on important issues facing working families. The Working Families Party (“WFP”) is a grassroots political party operating in several states that endorses and works to elect progressive candidates for office. WFO and WFP are separate organizations.
The Working Families Party is focused on tackling the political, economic, and educational inequality that deprive working and middle class families of opportunity. Our vision is to build a New York that is fair for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected.