A good proof of the adage “the fish stinks from the head”:
In New York state, multiple parties can list candidates on a ballot. For example, the same righty candidate can be listed as Republican, Conservative, and NRA YAY parties. (I might have made the last one up.) Lefties can be Democrat, Working Families, or Women’s Equality parties (that one’s real. Read on!)
(Obviously, independent parties like the Greens, Independence or other weirdos can run their own candidates that only appear on their one line.)
I often urge my fellow progressive friends to vote Working Families (WFP) for their candidates of choice whenever possible — the vote still goes to the individual, but that choice sends a message to the Democrats that they cannot take their leftmost flank for granted, and that we are noting the party’s rightward drift chasing centrist independents or socially-disgusted Republicans. So it was very surprising to me to see a “Women’s Equality Party” line on my (absentee) advance ballot. I’d never seen any talk about it among the feminist and women’s rights groups I follow. So I looked it up and was pretty appalled by what I learned. It’s a bullshit party created by the Governor expressly to hurt the third-party WFP…. even after they endorsed him for the primary.
This The Nation essay is excellent and gives lots of context, including how the multiple-line voting works.
Also, because this was created after the primary, I don’t *regret* voting for Cuomo in the primary, but if I had a time machine, I definitely would have lodged a protest vote against him. This is nasty stuff and it’s going to leave a stink on him for a long time.
I had noticed the number of Working Families Party mailings and calls to me (I’m a donor) had increased, even more than I thought in previous elections. This Women’s Equality BS is almost certainly why. It’s a propagandist attack on a voice earnestly speaking for unionists, working class, and all women (regardless of economic status).
Cuomo can’t even hide his smarmy pandering when he’s denying it’s all smarmy pandering.
Feminism doesn’t need another wedge cynically driven into it by a games-playing careerist. I support creating a lifetime career in politics– I like experts — but this is definitely going too far.
Win on issues, with leadership, not shenanigans.