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  •  Hawkins. (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, tikkun, Ohkwai, poco

    Howie Hawkins of the state Green Party has suggested a joint effort with the WFP where they cross-endorse him.

    Personally, I think that's a good idea.  Hawkins did well enough in 2010 to earn a line for the Greens for 4 years.  So he has a bit of name recognition already.  Additionally,  WFP has no real big name Democrat to run on their line.

    The question is the WFP itself.  They may endorse Cuomo anyway because they fear losing their ballot line by not getting enough votes on it.  They may simply run one of the union heads.  They haven't come to a decision yet.

    But I think if they take Hawkins up on his idea,  this poll becomes reality in November, and Cuomo doesn't simply get to crush Astorino by a wide margin.

    Some within the Democratic party might even work behind the quietly scenes to help a challenge from the left. Let's face it - Cuomo has surely pissed off many other prominent Democrats here - de Blasio, Silver, DiNapoli, Schneiderman...  These guys owe no loyalty to him, so cutting him (and his ego) down a few notches by helping someone who could eat into his margin of victory and make him appear weaker would be beneficial for them - and a bit of political payback for them too.

    "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

    by Darth Stateworker on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 12:44:06 PM PDT

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    •  Find a Jesse Ventura (2+ / 0-)
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      GreatLakeSailor, Rosalie907

      You want to wake up a fossilized, arrogant, inbred, political party? Demonstrate to them that if they keep putting bozos on the ballot, you're going to elect clowns.

    •  Problem is (4+ / 0-)

      I think WFP is more likely to get 50,000 votes without Cuomo than with him.

      How many WFP will pull the level for Cuomo on it? Everyone else will just vote for him on the D line.

      •  Bingo. (3+ / 0-)
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        It's union members that typically pull the lever on the WFP line.  It's essentially a union created, union controlled party here.  He got about 150k on that line in 2010 - but the largest unions in the state largely endorsed him in 2010, with only CSEA sitting out of the notable ones I can recall.  Today - even SEIU 1199 - a union Cuomo largely favored to this point in his stint as governor - doesn't seem all that enamored with him at this point.

        On top of the leadership being pissed, most union members in New York hate Cuomo - or at best, don't like him very much.  Generic polling of "union households" up until now seems to say differently, but it's largely because they favor Cuomo over a Republican, and they haven't been polled about a 3rd party prospect challenging him from the left.  Essentially, the disgust with Cuomo in union circles is palpable and ready to boil over.

        So it seems they don't have much to lose when looking at it from that perspective - they might just be better off running their own candidate, because the members might not pull the lever for the WFP otherwise.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Tue Apr 22, 2014 at 03:35:41 PM PDT

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