The Working Families Party’s decision to endorse Cuomo a second time has raised questions about their strategy of urging progressives to vote for right-wing Democrats like Cuomo, as well as possible links between this strategy and the WFP’s sources of funding.
To demonstrate the party’s weakness, one need only look at how far out of its way the WFP went to win voters by not mentioning the candidate at the top of the ticket. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum on his Facebook simply said that he was voting for “Governor of New York” on the party line—no mention of who that governor was. Party mailers featured not an image of the governor but of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose plan for progressive taxation to fund universal pre-kindergarten was thwarted by the fiscally conservative Cuomo.
And there are many reasons why the party couldn’t talk about him. Cuomo failed to make good on a central promise he made in exchange for the WFP endorsement: to push for Democrats to regain control in New York’s State Senate.
Matt Funiciello and Howie Hawkins outside a closing GE plant in Fort Edward, NY
Hawkins was polling 9% statewide even before a widely-praised debate performance, and has earned endorsements from a spectrum of people and organizations, including Ralph Nader, Seattle socialist city council member Kshama Sawant, education analyst Diane Ravitch, and former Mobil Oil VP-turned-renewable energy activist Lou Allstadt; as well as Albany weekly paper Metroland, 6 teachers’ unions, 6 Democratic Party clubs, Socialist Alternative, and a number of groups leading the fight against school privatization, such as United Opt Out and the New York Badass Teacher Association. See the growing list of endorsements for Howie Hawkins here.
Matt Funiciello has polled as high as 14% in a 3-way race for Congress that has attracted millions of outside dollars to his Democratic and Republican opponents. Funiciello recently earned the endorsements of three sizable newspapers in New York’s North Country: the Glens Falls Post-Star, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, and the Glens Falls Chronicle.
In New York state, the Green Party hopes to make major gains in the race for governor. Its candidate, Howie Hawkins, is taking on incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and Libertarian Michael McDermott. Hawkins is one of more than 200 Green candidates running for office across the country on Tuesday. Hawkins is calling for a “Green New Deal” that includes public jobs for the unemployed, single-payer healthcare, a ban on fracking and a 100 percent clean-energy future. Last week, he participated in four-way gubernatorial debate where Democracy Now! co-host Juan González questioned Cuomo about his record of dealing with corruption.
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, is making huge strides in what is quickly becoming the most exciting progressive campaign of 2014. On Wednesday October 22, Hawkins took part in a televised debate in Buffalo with incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino, and Libertarian Michael McDermott. In a PBS poll of debate watchers (that has, unfortunately, disappeared since the night of the debate) roughly 80% of respondents said that Hawkins won the debate.
Watch a video of Howie Hawkins’ responses in the NY 2014 gubernatorial debate here:
And watch Howie Hawkins’ new 30-second TV ad, running between now and election day:
Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio
Ohio Green Party candidate for governor Anita Rios participated in a debate on 10/22 with her Democratic opponent Ed Fitzgerald. The Republican incumbent John Kasich refuses to debate. Rios, a Latina activist and longtime Green, can win ballot status for the Ohio Green Party if she earns at least 2% of the vote.
From Ben Manski, campaign manager for Jill Stein for President 2012:
Sometimes there is an election in one state that progressives all over the United States get excited about. I’m sure you can think of examples. Paul Wellstone and Russ Feingold’s first campaigns come to mind, for me. So do those of Matt Gonzalez and Kshama Sawant.
Tonight, Wednesday, you can tune in to the hottest progressive campaign in America. Howie Hawkins is polling nearly 10% in New York’s gubernatorial election, and he’s climbing fast.
On Thursday, the Buffalo Federation of Teachers became the latest union to endorse him and his teacher running mate, Brian Jones.
This past week, Hawkins and Jones received the endorsement of not one, not two, but three New York City Democratic Party clubs.
And tonight, you can tune in to watch Howie Hawkins debate Andrew Cuomo. Tens of thousands of progressives across the country will be watching. Click here to find out how you can be one of them.
The Hawkins campaign is the most exciting in a series of fresh, promising campaigns in states ranging from Maine to Minnesota in which the Green Party is attracting labor, farm, community and professional endorsements.
In one of the most exciting Green campaigns of 2014, Howie Hawkins, the New York Green Party’s candidate for governor, will take part in a televised (and livestreamed) debate with his opponents on Wednesday, October 22nd at 8pm Eastern time. Despite having a tiny fraction of the money and media attention of his opponents, Hawkins has surged to 9% in statewide polls and has passed the Republican candidate in some areas. In fact, his poll numbers are similar to Jesse Ventura’s before a strong showing in debates propelled him to win the 1998 Minnesota gubernatorial election.
Howie takes on Gov 1% in the ONLY televised debate of this campaign season! Wednesday at 8pm. Please spread the word to your friends that there’s a debate happening – Cuomo has been keeping a low profile and we hear the NYC media is barely aware that this is happening.
Watch it livestreamed here: http://www.buffalonews.com/ and on these PBS affiliates: WNED Buffalo · WMHT Albany · WSKG Binghamton · WCNY Syracuse · WPBS Watertown · WXXI Rochester · MLPBS Plattsburgh · WNET New York City – Channel 13
Free and Equal recently held a gubernatorial debate in Colorado, with all ballot-qualified candidates invited. Green candidate Harry Hempy joined Libertarian Matthew Hess and Libertarian Mike Dunafon on the stage; the Democratic incumbent and the Republican candidate declined to attend. Jill Stein, former US Representative Dennis Kucinich, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy also made appearances.
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Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio
The Ohio Green Party is having a good year: first, the party overcame discriminatory ballot access laws to qualify Anita Rios as its candidate for governor by getting hundreds of write-in votes for Rios in the primary. Now, a series of scandals that has rocked Democratic candidate Ed Fitzgerald’s campaign is inspiring many voters to seek an alternative.
COLUMBUS — Anita Rios has watched from a distance as the Democratic candidate for governor has seen his campaign flounder and wondered whether this could create an opening for her.
The woman from Toledo’s Old West End has more than a stake in the race. She’s the third option on Ohio’s Nov. 4 ballot on the Green Party ticket along with Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald. Continue Reading →