Why Cynthia Nixon Wants To Be Governor

Former finance minister Joe Oliver left meets with staff at the Volcani Agriculture Institute in Israel

Former finance minister Joe Oliver left meets with staff at the Volcani Agriculture Institute in Israel

The New York Working Families Party has officially endorsed Cynthia Nixon for Governor in her primary battle with Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon, who received more than 90 percent of the vote at the ultra-progressive party's state committee meeting, is now guaranteed a spot on the ballot in November, though the former Sex in the City actress didn't commit to remaining on the party's ballot line if she loses the Democratic primary against current governor Andrew Cuomo. Some WFP leaders left the group in apparent solidarity with Cuomo, highlighting a growing rift within the state's Democratic Party.

Cuomo's campaign announced that it would not seek the Working Families Party's endorsement this year.

As governor, Cynthia would fight for a progressive agenda in NY by supporting policies to provide health care for all, legalize marijuana, and take corporate money out of politics.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer on Saturday said Cuomo's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".

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.

Many progressives and liberals are unsatisfied with Cuomo's reign as governor, who's seen as a more moderate Democrat, which is what spurred Nixon to run for the nomination.

"Big donors and powerful political insiders have held too much power in Albany for too long", Lipton said in a statement.

Nixon announced her candidacy for governor of NY in March. "We can build a movement that can win, but only if we all come together".

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