Kathy Hochul’s debt to the Working Families Party is due

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s debt to the far left is now coming due, but how committed she is to the Working Families Party – which has openly vowed that she was elected to a full term – remains to be seen, Albany Pols and insiders told the Post .

Hochul, who has tried to position herself as a moderate Democrat, is in the compromising position of having to please the WFP and other staunch progressives, insiders said.

“The WFP will certainly try to pick up important points, like making sure she doesn’t [roll back] Bail reform and put more money into resources for mental health and other social services,” a democratically elected official said. “It depends on how awake she is ready to go.”

Another Albany insider said she would be foolish to follow the example of the Working Families Party and ignore the fact that she nearly became the first Democrat in 20 years to lose a statewide election because New Yorkers believe she’s in has swung to the left lately.

“If she continues to go left, if she legalizes sex work, if she pushes electioneering for charity that further destabilizes New York’s housing market, she’s not learning the lesson of the election,” he added. “People are angry at the far left messages from the Democrats and it almost cost them their race.”

T-shirts were offered during an intersectional environmental protection summit presented by the AZ Working Families Party and the Green New Deal Network.
T-shirts were offered during an intersectional environmental protection summit presented by the AZ Working Families Party and the Green New Deal Network.
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With the help of the pro-crime WFP, Hochul won a narrow victory over their Republican law and order challenger, Rep. Lee Zeldin, with unofficial results putting them ahead by just over 300,000 votes, or 5%.

It was an unexpectedly close race considering Democrats in New York have an enrollment advantage of more than 2 to 1 over Republicans, and Hochul’s campaign raised a record $50 million.

Zeldin narrowed the gap during the campaign’s stretch run by making the point that New Yorkers — like much of the country — are most concerned about rising crime and inflation.

State Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat who has long been a supporter of the Working Families Party, said there was no doubt that local Hochul needed both the WFP and the support of local unions to win.

Like many other Democrats, Ramos blames the leadership of the state Democratic Party much of the blame for Hochul’s near-defeat.

Hochul said she has no desire to replace Jay Jacobs, the chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.

Ramos hopes the governor will provide universal child care, sponsorship for mental health programs and lighting a bonfire under Mayor Eric Adams to make a promise to shut down trouble-plagued Rikers Island among the key platforms for progressives.

Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime Democrat adviser, said Hochul will have tough decisions to make.

“That [Working Families Party] and the rest of the far left want to cut cops, close Rikers and make sure we keep spending money we don’t have on social services,” Sheinkopf said. “The problem is that she has to clean the streets of criminals and cut spending — not so easy when you’re dependent on people who are doing the exact opposite.”

WFP says it supported the governor’s campaign by sending more than 2 million text messages, making over 250,000 phone calls, delivering three rounds of mailings and having its staff do lots of in-person promotions to get the vote , boosted.

The party endorsed Hochul for governor in part to secure the mandatory 130,000 votes, or a total of 2% of the nationwide vote, it needs to maintain automatic ballot access in future elections. The alliance helped the party score more than enough – nearly 250,000 votes.

Sheinkopf and other insiders say they expect WFP to lobby Hochul hard to support legislation that would make it easier for so-called “third parties” to hold their electoral positions.

When asked what issues WFP expects Hochul to prioritize, party spokesman Ravi Mangla said they will support promoting affordable housing and childcare, lowering utility bills and investing in improving educational opportunities for everyone in the community State University of New York and City University comprise of New York.

A picture of Governor Kathy Hochul.
A Pole from Albany said Governor Hochul would be foolish to follow the example of the Working Families Party.
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Hochul’s office said the governor stands by her comments made on Thursday.

“It’s all about how we move forward, and I’m grateful to have the support of progressives and organized workers, clergy and elected officials from every corner of the state,” she said.

“It was truly a broad coalition that led to our victory across New York State. That’s what I’m focused on: making sure those bonds are strengthened.”

However, a source told The Post on Wednesday that the governor’s campaign was furious that WFP attributed Hochul’s victory and claimed WFP only promoted her out of self-preservation.

https://nypost.com/2022/11/12/kathy-hochuls-debt-to-working-families-party-comes-due/ Kathy Hochul’s debt to the Working Families Party is due

JACLYN DIAZ

JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing diza@ustimetoday.com.

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