A day after the Working Families Party decided to offer him their line, Gov. Cuomo was letting the minor progressive party who initially backed his primary foe twist it he wind. (Evan Agostini / Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

ALBANY — A day after the Working Families Party decided to offer him their line, Gov. Cuomo was letting the minor progressive party who initially backed his primary foe twist in the wind.

Cuomo during a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon said he still hasn’t decided whether he will accept the line.

Advertisement

He said he expects to have conversations with party leaders over the next few days.

Though legally Cuomo and Hochul have until Tuesday to decide, the party in its Wednesday resolution offering them the line, gave the two until 5 p.m. Friday to accept or reject it.

“Sex & the City” actress Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams have until Friday to agree to move off the governor and lieutenant governor lines, respectively, by accepting the party’s nominations for a Senate and Assembly race.

Not trusting Cuomo, the party set an earlier deadline for the governor to decide because it didn’t want to end up in a position where Nixon and Williams move off the line by Friday and then Cuomo and Hochul reject it, leaving the WFP without a candidate at the top of the ticket.

Parties in order to secure a guaranteed spot on the ballot for the next four years need to secure at least 50,000 on the gubernatorial lines.

Even in offering Cuomo the line, many Working Families Party members ripped him as a corporate Democrat not consistent with the liberal party’s leanings.

Asked if that would impact his decision, Cuomo said “in these individual situations, the Working Families Party, etc., I try to look at the greater good and what I’m actually trying to get done.”

He said the importance in this election is to elect Democrats to Congress to fight President Trump and to the state Senate to pass needed laws in case the GOP remains in charge of Congress.

He did say he would not change his own philosophies if he accepts the line.

Cuomo also said he believes the minor party offered him the line after going all-in with Nixon because they saw the reality after she lost big to him in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

The party’s “theory” that there is a new political movement and new demographics didn’t pan out, he said.

“I received more votes in the primary than any governor in history,” Cuomo said “So you have theories and then you have reality.”

Advertisement
Facebook Comments