ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) says he will not seek the ballot line of the progressive Working Families Party.
Cuomo’s announcement came Friday after two influential unions said they would withdraw from the party over its likely endorsement of Cuomo rival and “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon.
Nixon is challenging Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor and is seeking the ballot line of the Working Families Party.
The move to leave the party by unions representing building workers and communications workers shows a divide between the party’s two main constituencies: unions and liberal activists.
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Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer tells Albany’s Times Union that Cuomo is standing “in solidarity” with the unions that have pulled out of the Working Families Party and won’t seek its endorsement.
Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com