Cynthia Nixon accepts endorsement from NY's Working Families Party

Casey Dawson
April 16, 2018

Take New York Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who recently added a $4.20 donation button to her website to express her support for legalized marijuana.

"I am so incredibly excited to have earned the endorsement from the Working Families Party, the heart & soul of communities across the state".

Although Nixon's campaign has been seen as a long shot, obtaining one of the most sought-after endorsements might make her a more serious challenger to the two-time governor.

"The last eight years under Andrew Cuomo have been an exercise in living with disappointment and dysfunction and dishonesty", Nixon told the party leaders at their meeting in Albany.

"There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", said Nixon in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday.

The endorsement also means that Nixon will be on the November general election ballot even if she does not win the democratic nomination. Cuomo soon followed to say he too would not seek the party's nod.

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After the vote, the governor's campaign issued a statement, saying, in part "The governor's record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched from delivering a $15 minimum wage, marriage equality, the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, free college tuition, paid family leave, ending fingerprinting for food stamps, and a record $27 billion in funding for education".

She said that NY would be different if she were in charge, she promised to end cash bail, make NY a sanctuary state for immigrants, and phase out fossil fuels.

"The schism between the progressive unions who founded the WFP and some of its member organization is unfortunate", Fashouer said.

A poll from mid-March shows Cuomo leading Nixon by 47 points in the primary in the deep-blue state.

The vote was taken by more than 175 members of the party's state committee.

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