Single Payer Advocate: Vote Hawkins, Greens

The Working Families Party endorsement of Andrew Cuomo is regrettable in the extreme. No surprise Dan Cantor's message neglects to mention it.

Far better for Howie Hawkins to get the 50,000 votes -- the tally in the Governor's election that will guarantee ballot status next time. Hawkins ran a principled alternative campaign -- one that truly embodies "progressive values," -- thus casting a harsh light on the WFP endorsement of Cuomo.

In the New York Daily News, a WFP "insider" defended championing Cuomo with the words: "The party needs to get back on its feet, and you've got to eat a little s--- right now."

Have we not devoured enough excrement in the last decade? And how does lying down help somebody stand up?

It is time instead to grow up and stand up for political ideas that will make our state, our country, our planet a better place for life and liberty.

Andrew Cuomo wants to lead the race to the bottom. He should not be supported but opposed in every way.

Cuomo's platform so far right that Mr. Paladino could have run on it. (Paladino said he would cut spending by 20% while Cuomo promises to cut services by 20%!)

It remains infinitely better to vote for what you want -- and not get it -- than it is to vote against your own interests -- and get the kick in the teeth you've asked for.

Please vote for Hawkins for Governor -- and consider the rest of the Green Party slate too.

Not only is voting for your real values once in a while good for your soul, voting against your values simply doesn't work.

Andy Coates
(Capital District doctor and single payer activist)



Daily News story excerpt:

In the end, the Working Families Party chose self-preservation over political purity.

The labor-backed party caved to Democratic gubernatorial front-= runner Andrew Cuomo's demands and agreed to back his entire reform platform in exchange for his agreement to run on their WFP line.

That was a bitter pill to swallow, since Cuomo's "New NY Agenda" includes proposals many unions don't like - particularly a 2% property tax cap.

WFP leaders worried that without Cuomo, New York's attorney general, on their line they'd fail to reach the critical 50,000-vote mark they need to retain ballot status.

"The party needs to get back on its feet, and you've got to eat a little s--- right now," a WFP insider said. "If the party doesn't exist, you're never moving the progressive agenda. "It's better to take it in the teeth now, and in a couple of years, hopefully, you're going to be a powerhouse again."

WFP leaders officially said they decided to sign off on Cuomo's demands because the party agrees with his call for unions to share the sacrifice and be part of the solution in pulling New York from its fiscal hole...

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