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.
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.
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.