Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon was endorsed today by New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN), formally committing to work together to advance election reform, racial and social justice, and take on the democratic establishment in the race for New York governor. That experience, which resulted in plenty of bad blood between Cuomo and the WFP, undoubtedly set the stage for Saturday's endorsement.
The small but influential Working Families Party endorsed Cuomo in 2010 and 2014.
Even if Nixon's long-shot campaign to defeat Cuomo in the Democratic primary were to succeed, the governor's name would nearly certainly still be on the ballot in November. Those same members will vote again next month on formally nominating her for the party's line on the ballot.
Cuomo's campaign announced Friday night that the governor would end his quest to win the party's nomination. Cuomo soon followed to say he too would not seek the party's nod. In a recent video she posted, Nixon explained: "I believe it is time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C., and legalize recreational marijuana".
Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer on Saturday said Cuomo's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched".
Cuomo has held a large lead against Nixon in recent polls. There were also published reports that said the governor urged the unions to withdraw funding from community groups within the Working Families Party.
"Big donors and powerful political insiders have held too much power in Albany for too long", Lipton said in a statement.
Nixon is probably best known for her role as one of the stars in the TV show "Sex and the City" from the early 2000s, and has also won an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy award.