I have been following endorsements in NY State for months now and highlighting them as they come. I was one of the first to catch the NY Times endorsement of Tim Wu. I may have gotten the following list of endorsements before some of the candidates have gotten it.
This list of endorsements comes from the New York City Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, one of the most liberal organizations out there and I agree with all their endorsements.
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ADA NYC AMERICANS FOR DEMOCRATIC ACTION
NEW YORK, NY 10003
New York City Americans for Democratic Action today announces its endorsements for the September 2014 Democratic Party primary. One of the City’s and the nation’s oldest progressive organizations, NYC ADA has designated the following: (endorsements are theirs as well as mine, descriptions are mine).
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.
The HUGE surprise for many was the NYT endorsement of Tim Wu for Lt. Gov. For those who follow NY politics closely, this just might spell the end of the reactionary Independence Party, though others have pointed out that they might be able to survive, but it would put Cuomo and the Independence Party in a difficult position. THAT is a good thing.
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. He and his running mate, Zephyr Teachout, have also been endorsed by the National Organization of Women, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Daily Kos itself, the Yonkers Fire Fighters, Downtown Independent Democrats, the Village Independent Democrats, the Sierra Club, and the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club (a major LGBT club in NYC), among others. Many organizations have withheld their endorsements because they cannot support Cuomo but are afraid of his thuggish tactics. Tim Wu is an ideal candidate from a dKos point of view.
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, saving the city billions of dollars and holding major corporations accountable for the first time in years. Pro-union, environmentally aware and active, and approaching office with a background in mathematical physics as well as in finance. My wife and I have had many conversations with John and we can personally vouch for his integrity, his willingness to listen and learn from voters, and his stellar liberal credentials.
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, Queens County Young Democrats, Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Stonewall Democrats, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, the Amsterdam News, the New York City Coalition of Operating Engineers, the Muslim Democratic Club of NY, and the Hotel Trades Council.
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.
Oliver Koppell is the only person other than Tim Wu on this list who I haven't personally met. I will be honest that I have heard he is a bit of an arrogant asshole, but I do not know this from first hand experience and maybe that is what we need to stand up to the entrenched Albany elite.
Oliver Koppell is challenging Jeff Klein, the FOUNDER 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, the Sierra Club, 504 Democrats (a disability rights advocacy group), Northwest Bronx for Change, and Amsterdam News.
Join with NY ADA in helping these great progressives win Sept. 9th and start cleaning up Albany big time.