Dems Drop Plan to Get Hochul 3rd-Party Ballot Line Following Statement from Working Families Party
By: Hellen Zaboulani
A statement from New York’s Working Families Party led Democratic leaders to scrap tentative efforts to pursue a third-party line for Gov. Kathy Hochul on the November ballot.
As reported by the NY Post, on Saturday, NYS Democrats announced they won’t be working to secure a third-party line for Gov. Kathy Hochul for the upcoming election. Previously, it was suggested that Dems should try to get an extra ballot line to help the governor and some vulnerable incumbents in the race, in case the progressive Working Families Party decided to play spoiler in the race. The party has since assured that it has no such intentions. “I now have full confidence that the Working Families Party will stand with and offer their general election line” to Hochul “when she wins the Democratic Primary,” said Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs. “With this anticipated WFP support, Governor Hochul will have the two lines necessary to match the Republican nominee, who we assume will also be on the Conservative line,” added Jacobs.
Earlier on Saturday, NY WFP Director Sochie Nnaemeka made a statement, saying that the party “has no intention of playing a spoiler role, and we’re going to do everything we can to ensure Trump Republicans don’t take power in New York.” The WFP has already endorsed New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams for governor with running mate Ana Maria Archilla for lieutenant governor.
NY’s voting laws actually allows candidates to have their names appear more than once on a ballot, via multiple party lines. If Williams wins the Democratic primary his name will be on the ballot twice. If Williams loses, he could still be on the ballot once under the WFP line, or the spot can be relinquished to the democratic primary winner for the WFP line as well. Williams and Archilla said in a statement that they “look forward to appearing on both” the Democratic and WFP lines in November.
Congressman Lee Zeldin, the leading Republican candidate in the race for governor, will likely also have his name twice on the ballot- once on the Conservative Party line and possibly on the GOP line, if he wins the June Republican primary.
Rep. Zeldin blasted the potential WFP alliance. “The far-left Working Families Party wants free healthcare for illegal immigrants, non citizen voting, no cashless bail changes & more leniency for criminals all at the expense of law-abiding NYers,” tweeted Rep. Zeldin. “So naturally, Kathy Hochul wants to cut the dirtiest of deals to align with them.”