Democrats drop plan to mark Hochul’s second vote with PAM backing

Democratic state leaders said on Saturday they would not continue efforts to score a third party line for Governor Kathy Hochul in the November ballot after the Progressive Working Families Party insisted that it would not play the role of spoiler in the race.

“I now have full confidence that the Working Families Party will support and offer its electoral line ‘to Hochul’ when she wins the Democratic primary,” said Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs, who previously suggested creating a second voting line for governor. .

“With this anticipated support from the PAM, Governor Hochul will have the two lines needed to match the Republican candidate, who we assume will also be on the conservative line,” Jacobs added.

Earlier Saturday, WFP New York director Sochie Nnaemeka said in a statement that the party “does not intend to play a spoiler role, and we will do everything we can to ensure Trump’s Republicans don’t take power in New York.”

The PAM has already endorsed New York City public attorney Jumaane Williams for governor and activist Ana Maria Archilla for lieutenant governor.

New York Working Families Party director Sochie Nnaemeka said the party “will do everything in its power to make sure Trump’s Republicans don’t take power in New York.”

It’s unclear what the PAM would do to remove Williams from the November ballot if he lost the Democratic primary.

Under the state’s convoluted election laws, Williams, as the PAM nominee, would have to agree to be replaced.

Williams and Archilla said in a statement that they “look forward to appearing” on both the Democratic and PAM lines in November, but declined to say whether they would step down from the PAM line if they lose the Democratic primary.

Before the rules were overhauled in 2021, one of the few ways a candidate could drop out of the ballot was to run for another office – a move the PAM used in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

New York gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams
New York gubernatorial candidate Jumaane Williams speaks to reporters on April 8.
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Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs previously suggested creating a second line on the ballot for Governor Hochul.
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After PAM-backed Cynthia Nixon lost the 2018 Democratic primary to the then governor. Andrew Cuomo, PAM-ran actress in a race to unseat State Assemblyman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan). Although Glick was blindsided by the move, she won easily after Nixon did not actively campaign against her.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin has torn apart the potential Democratic-PAM alliance.

“The far-left Working Families Party wants free health care for illegal immigrants, the vote for non-citizens, no cashless bail changes and more leniency for felons, all at the expense of respectful NYers laws,” the congressman said. tweeted. “So naturally Kathy Hochul wants to make the dirtiest deals to line up with them.”

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