Let's see what the WFP is made of
If it compromises its philosophy it’s are nothing more than what we think all minor parties are in this state - patronage mills that only existence so the party’s top rung can sell their endorsement to the candidate in exchange for jobs for their cousins, in-laws and nieces and nephews.
If you remember, Cuomo, accepted the Independence Party endorsement but said he would hold off on accepting the WFP line. Both parties are or were under investigation for shady politicking so the only rhyme or reason we can see in Cuomo’s decision is that the Independence Party is worth more votes than the WFP and Cuomo didn’t want to take a chance losing that kind of voting block.
There is really no other logical behind his decision since the Independence Party stands for nothing at all while the WFP at least represents a liberal agenda and the federal investigation ended without any charges against the WFP the investigation into the Independence Party is still going strong.
But, we’ll see if the WFP has the guts to turn down the aspects of Cuomo’s platform they disagree with, such as his pledge not to raise taxes, and stand by what they believe in, like taxing the wealthy to provide more funding for education and social programs.
Cuomo certainly doesn’t need the WFP to win in November. The WFP does, however, need Cuomo to remain a viable party for the next four years with an automatic spot on the ballot. If the party gets less than 50,000 votes on its line it has to go through the painful petition process to endorse any candidate for the next four years.
So, we’ll have to see if the WFP is true to the foundation of its party or if it’s just a bunch of political hacks taking advantage of one of the biggest flaws in state Election Law -- the ability of third parties to cross-endorse major party candidates.
We think it will be the latter.