Nixon wins Working Families Party support against Cuomo

  • Nixon wins Working Families Party support against Cuomo

Nixon wins Working Families Party support against Cuomo

When Cynthia Nixon announced she was throwing her hat in the ring to be the next governor of NY, many brushed the Sex in the City star's political ambitions aside and blamed Donald Trump for encouraging unqualified candidates to run for office.

Nixon is mounting a progressive challenge against Cuomo. She made the announcement last week, however now she is the news for her support of recreational marijuana legalization. Her opponent, Governor Cuomo, has taken the avoidant "let's do more research" approach.

The party describes itself as the state's progressive political 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.

The 52-year-old also says that legalizing would "generate millions of dollars in tax revenue" and "create new agricultural opportunities for New York's farmers".

"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. Despite the attention here campaign's received online, most polls show her trailing Cuomo by almost 50 points.

The Working Families Party said it was pleased to show independence from Cuomo, the Democratic Party's flagbearer.

The former "Sex and the City" star received more than 90 percent of party members' votes at their annual committee meeting. In the video, tweeted by Nixon, she states that "The consequences follow people for the rest of their lives", Nixon explains, "making it harder to get jobs or housing".

"I will win the Democratic primary", Nixon told reporters after the vote.