There’s a new player in the ongoing fight between the Independence Party of New York City and their own state party organization: the National Action Network.
A lawyer for NAN, which is run by Al Sharpton, joined the city organization of the Independence Party, which is controlled by Lenora Fulani supporters, in Brooklyn state Supreme Court yesterday. They were arguing against the the state party's efforts to take control of the nominating process within New York City.
“I’m here and NAN is here because whenever the voting rights of minorities are threatened, we have to be on the front lines and do what’s right and what’s right in this situation is very clear,” NAN’s attorney, Michael Hardy, said in a public statement.
Hardy's presence is significant because it shows a willingness to side with Fulani, who is considering a run for mayor. With the support of NAN, and Sharpton, Fulani’s candidacy could get a lot harder to ignore.
I’m waiting to hear back from NAN for further comment.
Here's the statement from Independence Party of New York City:
New York City vs. State Party
National Action Network Attorney Michael Hardy
Appears as Co-Counsel For City Organizations
New York, NY— Attorney’s for the Independence Party organizations of New York City today presented arguments today before Judge Joseph Levine in Brooklyn State Supreme Court objecting to rules changes passed by the state party last June. The state party is attempting to strip members residing in the 5 boroughs from the right to nominate local candidates thru their county committee while allowing members in the remaining 57 counties to continue making these decisions locally.
National Action Network legal counsel Michael Hardy, a leading civil rights attorney, appeared as co-counsel with Harry Kresky for the city organizations of the Independence Party. Hardy stated that “I’m here and NAN is here because whenever the voting rights of minorities are threatened, we have to be on the front lines and do what’s right and what’s right in this situation is very clear.”
Last June, the state Independence Party passed rules changes which selectively discriminate against members of New York City where the majority of black, Latino and Asian members reside, stripping them of the right to nominate candidates for public office – an equal protection violation. Judge Levine reserved decision.