Dems drop plan to win second ballot in Hochul with WFP support

Democratic leaders said on Saturday they will make no effort to secure a third line for Gov. Kathy Hochul in November’s vote after the progressive Working Families Party insisted she would not spoil the race.

“I now have full confidence that the Working Families Party will stand at Hochul and offer their general line of elections,” said Jay Jacobs, leader of the Democratic Party, who previously proposed creating a second line of elections for the governor.

“With this expected WFP support, Gov. Hochul will have the two lines necessary to compete with the Republican candidate, who we expect will also stand on the Conservative line,” Jacobs added.

Earlier Saturday, New York WFP director Sochie Nnaemeka said in a statement that the party “has no intention of playing a spoiler role and we will do everything we can to ensure Trump Republicans do not take power in New York.” take”.

WFP has previously endorsed New York City Attorney Jumaane Williams for governor and activist Ana Maria Archilla for lieutenant governor.

Sochie Nnaemeka, director of the New York Working Families Party
New York Working Families Party director Sochie Nnaemeka said the party will “do everything we can to make sure Trump Republicans don’t take power in New York.”

It’s unclear what the WFP would do to remove Williams from the November election if he loses the Democratic primary.

Under the state’s tortuous electoral laws, as a designated WFP candidate, Williams would have to agree to be replaced.

Williams and Archilla said in a statement that they “look forward to appearing on both the Democratic and WFP lines in November,” but declined to say whether they would step down from the WFP line, if they lost the Democratic primary.

Before the rules were revised in 2021, one of the few ways a candidate could veer off the voting line was to run for another office – a move WFP famously took during the 2018 gubernatorial campaign.

New York gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams
New York gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams speaks to reporters April 8.
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Jay Jacobs
Democratic Party leader Jay Jacobs previously proposed creating a second line on the ballot for Governor Hochul.
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After WFP-backed Cynthia Nixon lost the 2018 Democratic primary to then-governor. Andrew Cuomo, the WFP led the actress in a race to unseat Rep. Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan). Despite being caught off guard by the move, Glick easily won after Nixon failed to actively fight her.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin tore up the potential alliance between Democrats and the WFP.

“The far-left Working Families Party wants free health care for illegal immigrants, non-citizen elections, no cashless bail changes and more leniency for criminals, all at the expense of law-abiding New Yorkers,” the congressman said tweeted. “So naturally Kathy Hochul wants to do the dirtiest deals to fit in with them.” Dems drop plan to win second ballot in Hochul with WFP support


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