Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has accepted the endorsement of the liberal Working Families Party, giving him an extra ballot line for November and ending a feud on the political left.
Cuomo’s campaign made the announcement Friday, two days after the labor-packed WFP rescinded its endorsement of actress Cynthia Nixon and voted to support Cuomo for a third term. The minor party made the switch three weeks after Cuomo trounced Nixon in a Democratic primary.
“The governor’s priority is a unified Democratic Party focused on taking back the (U.S.) House and State Senate,” Cuomo campaign aide Dani Lever said in making the announcement. The governor himself said much the same a day earlier when expounding on why he might take the endorsement of a party that heavily criticized him earlier this year as not sufficiently progressive.
In April, WFP members trashed Cuomo for, among other things, not working hard to help the Democrats win control of the State Senate -- the one area of state government controlled by Republicans.
But following Nixon’s loss, the party made the pragmatic choice of dropping her for Cuomo, saying it didn’t want to divide the vote on the left in the race against Republican Marc Molinaro.
Further, the WFP, like any party in New York, faced the practical consideration of garnering at least 50,000 votes on its line in the governor’s race, which allows it to maintain ballot status for another four years.