No Longer Labor’s Favorite Republican

It seems odd to think that a Republican would ever some to rely on the support of the Working Families Party.

Yet it must be considered bad news for Nick Spano that the WFP has apparently ruled him out this year. Party members are now deciding between remaining neutral in his State Senate re-election battle and endorsing his Democratic opponent, Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

Spano won by a narrow margin over Stewart-Cousins two years ago, thanks in part to a Working Families Endorsement after he pushed a minimum wage increase through Albany.

The difference this time, a party source explained, isn’t that Spano has stopped being an loyal ally. It’s just that, in the wake of the collapse of a Wal-Mart “Fair Share” bill — which Spano supported, as this piece from yesterday’s Times-Union explained — he’s no longer viewed as an effective one.

– Josh Benson