In New York State we have had an embarrassing state government for years. Slowly, VERY slowly, things have been changing. But now is the chance to push harder than ever to clean up Albany.
NY State Senate, NY State Assembly, Lt. Gov., and, of course, Gov. All of these are critical to reforming the notorious mess that is Albany. This clogged cesspool we call Albany requires some serious snaking out, and that can only be done by supporting the reformers who have been fighting for years, defeating the corrupt scum like Malcom Smith and John Sampson, AND defeating the Republican-loving IDC members like Jeff Klein and Tony Avella. We even have the chance to defeat a Republican State Senator, Marty Golden. And let's not forget our "beloved" thug of a governor, Cuomo.
We have about 2 weeks to get all this done. Help me clean out the cesspool called Albany.
NY State continues to have one of the most dysfunctional legislatures in America. We need better Democrats in office in our Assembly and State Senate. Here is an ActBlue site where I include Zephyr Teachout, Tim Wu, Gustavo Rivera, John Liu,and Jamie Kemmerer, among others. This is really our chance to make some progress in clearing the clog in the state's plumbing. Please donate to any of these candidates you support. The candidates below are a mix of candidates who are either our best progressives in Albany, are running against vulnerable Republicans, or are running in primaries against IDC Democrats who caucus with the Republicans.
Briefly here are some highlights:
Zephyr Teachout is running against the Republican style incumbent, Cuomo. Cuomo is a conservative, pro-fracking, thuggish hack and anger at him has fueled support for Ms. Teachout. However, I have met her and she is smart, good, and liberal. She has been endorsed by the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club (LGBT), NYS National Organization for Women, The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Yonkers Fire Fighters, Buffalo Teachers Federation, and many others. There are also many who have refused to endorse because they do not like Cuomo but are too afraid of him to outright endorse Ms. Teachout. Even the NY Times has ruled out endorsing Cuomo, though they have not yet actually endorsed Zephyr.
UPDATE: news just breaking...Wu has been endorsed by the NY Times. That is big. And, as friend told me, could spell the end of the reactionary Independence Party.
Tim Wu is running for Lt. Governor. He is the inventor of the term "Net Neutrality" and has been one of the biggest fighter for freedom of the Internet.
John is a good friend of my family and one of the most progressive candidates I know. He also was by far the best, most effective NYC Comptroller we have had. Pro-union, environmentally aware and active, and approaching office with a background in mathematical physics as well as in finance.
John is running against Tony Avella, a new member of the IDC Democrats who caucus with the Republicans, blocking progress in Albany. John Liu has already been endorsed by Daily Kos, Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC, Stonewall Democrats, the Amsterdam News, the New York City Coalition of Operating Engineers, the Muslim Democratic Club of NY, and the Hotel Trades Council.
Dell Smitherman is challenging a corrupt and indicted machine Democrat, John Sampson. This is less about defeating the Republicans and their IDC enablers and more about cleaning up corruption. Dell has been endorsed by Brooklyn Young Democrats, Amsterdam News, NY League of Conservation Voters, Stonewall Democrats and Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club.
Oliver Koppell is challenging, Jeff Klein, one of the founders of the IDC Democrats who caucus with the Republicans, blocking progress in Albany. If we can elect Oliver Koppell and John Liu, we can break the IDC-Republican alliance. Koppell has been endorsed by Daily Kos, Stonewall Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and Amsterdam News.
Jamie Kemmerer is running against corrupt Republican Marty Golden. This is one of our top chances to flip a State Senate seat from Repub to Dem and Kemmerer is already building a strong campaign. I have met Jamie Kemmerer and found him intelligent, articulate, and very much ready to take on the corrupt Marty Golden.
Jamie has been endorsed by Brooklyn Young Democrats, Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC, Lambda Independent Democrats, Empire State Pride Agenda, and Jim Owls Democratic Club.
Help these and other great progressives win Sept. 9th and start cleaning up Albany big time.