The Working Families Party Helped Democrats Regain Power In New York. Now Democrats Are Trying To Kill It.
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THE WORKING FAMILIES PARTY HELPED DEMOCRATS REGAIN POWER IN NEW YORK. NOW DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO KILL IT.
Ryan Grim – March 4 2019, 6:17 p.m.
DEMOCRATS AND PROGRESSIVE groups across the state of New York are pushing back hard against an effort to ban fusion voting, a system that allows multiple parties to nominate the same candidate. The assault, according to those on the receiving end, is being driven by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ongoing hostility toward the Working Families Party, which has been a primary beneficiary of fusion voting in the state.
A majority of Democrats in the state Senate, the entire New York congressional delegation, and a large swath of grassroots groups have all weighed in against the move, which would gut the Working Families Party and handicap the Democratic Party along the way.
“Banning fusion is both substantively misguided and costly for Democrats,” wrote the state’s congressional delegation in an open letter in February, signed by everyone from Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “It could threaten to put marginal members, who won by just thousands of votes, in jeopardy, and also make it harder to gain more seats in 2020. Without fusion, it leaves the WFP ballot line open to be hijacked by opportunistic spoilers and damages Democratic prospects.”
The dynamics of the fight have implications for the future direction of the national Democratic Party, as well. At its core, the debate is about whether centrist Democrats are willing to be partners in a coalition with progressives if and when the progressives are the ones driving the agenda — as is increasingly the case in New York. Should an Elizabeth Warren or a Bernie Sanders become the party’s presidential nominee, Democrats like Cuomo would be forced into a difficult decision: Support the Democratic Party and back the left, which means upsetting the status quo; or support the status quo, which means keeping Republicans in power….
Bernie: "Not Me. Us"
March 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM #32960ThouArtThatParticipant
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Have come to appreciate that Governor Cuomo is one the most anti-progressive politicians in the country.
FWIW – it would be better to call Fusion Voting Fusion Balloting because a voter can still only select one candidate per office.
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