Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins of Syracuse says many disenfranchised Working Families Party members might see him as the only progressive option after party leaders endorsed democrat Andrew Cuomo.
Hawkins says progressive voters feel Cuomo can't be trusted after flip-flopping on positions and walking back on promises made to the WFP. He says the WFP and the Greens actually aren't that far apart on the issues.
Howie Hawkins says he was ignored by the leadership of the Working Families Party when he suggested they endorse him instead of Andrew Cuomo. He says he's still reaching out.
Hawkins says if he starts drawing votes, that will strengthen the WFP on the inside, and may move Cuomo to fulfill some of his promises. He says WFP voters on social media are very unhappy with the governor, and many of them are turning to the Green Party. Hawkins says the same feeling might also apply to some unions and other groups, and says he'll be seeking their endorsements, as well. Meanwhile, he says he'll continue campaigning and explain Cuomo's real record.
Howie Hawkins details the differences between himself and the major party candidates, and why he holds an advantage.
Hawkins says Cuomo did manage to break the gridlock in Albany and pass a few progressive measures. But he worries that’s the extent of what most people know.
The Green Party took advantage of the beautiful fall weather, and rode around the city on a trike registering people to vote. The party used National Voter Registration Day as an opportunity to make sure people were registered to vote, and to spread the word about the Green Party.
Until now, the focus of the Syracuse mayoral race has been on the political posturing of Democrats and Republicans.
That changed Wednesday when Green Party candidate Kevin Bott launched his campaign for mayor with promises to bring collaborative, democratic leadership to city hall. In his remarks on the steps of city hall, Bott seemed to be making a not-so-subtle jab at incumbent Mayor Miner and democratic challenger Pat Hogan, who took second place in the primary.