Cynthia Nixon, the actress and Democratic activist, got a boost in her bid to be the next governor of NY when leaders of the liberal Working Families Party endorsed her over the weekend.
Nixon says she was honored to receive the endorsement Saturday and "inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party".
When the nod becomes official at the party's nominating convention next month, it would give Nixon a critical line on the November ballot if she loses the Democratic primary in September. That didn't work, however, and large local chapters of the SEIU and Communications Workers of America both left the WFP on Friday as a result, though they were not the first unions to split from the party since it nearly endorsed Cuomo's last left-liberal challenger, Zephyr Teachout, in 2014.
Labor unions allied with Cuomo said Friday they would withdraw from the Working Families Party. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue.
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.
With Cuomo out, Nixon picked up 91.5% of the Working Families Party's weighted vote, helping her campaign in the early stages of an uphill fight against the Democratic governor. Though technically a separate party, it tends to endorse and support progressive candidates from the major parties. There were also published reports that said the governor urged the unions to withdraw funding from community groups within the Working Families Party.
She announced her campaign in mid-March, running left of 2-term Governor Andrew Cuomo. "We can build a movement that can win, but only if we all come together".