ALBANY, NY - Actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon has garnered a big endorsement as she seeks the democratic nomination for governor of New York.
The New York Working Families Party voted to endorse Nixon with more than 91% of the vote.
The party describes itself as the state’s progressive political party. It endorsed Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo four years ago.
Cuomo’s campaign announced that it would not seek the Working Families Party’s endorsement this year.
Labor unions allied with Cuomo said Friday they would withdraw from the Working Families Party.
The moves are the latest in a bruising battle for the democratic nomination between the favored incumbent Cuomo and the upstart newcomer Nixon.
“The last eight years under Andrew Cuomo have been an exercise in living with disappointment, dysfunction, and dishonesty,” said Nixon. “I am running for Governor because we need a Governor who will stand with the people of New York."
The endorsement also means that Nixon will be on the November general election ballot even if she does not win the democratic nomination.
“The schism between the progressive unions who found the WFP and some of its member organizations is unfortunate, but in that divide the Governor stands with the unions who have left the WFP and no longer feel it represents the interests of middle and working class New Yorkers,” wrote Cuomo’s campaign spokesperson in a statement.
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