The movement to Andrew Cuomo has begun, with this open letter from Stuart Appelbaum, head of RWDSU.
January 20, 2010
An open letter to New York Democrats:
Last night’s stunning defeat of Martha Coakley for Senator Kennedy’s former Senate seat in Massachusetts is certainly a wake-up call. Voters are understandably concerned about the economy and are looking for their government leaders to find ways to protect working families.
We will be electing members of the Assembly, State Senate, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate and all state-wide elected officials. They will be determining the laws, regulations and policies that will affect our lives for years to come.
Furthermore, what happens in New York’s elections – as we send members to the U.S. Congress – can determine the balance of power in Washington as well.
And the legislature we elect this year will be charged with reapportionment of both legislative and congressional seats that will likely govern us for the next 10 years here in New York.
History has shown us over and over again that the top of this ticket will have an enormous impact on the rest of the ticket.
David Paterson is a good man who has done what he has thought was best for the citizens of New York. And we should thank him and respect him for his contribution and service to the people of this state.
Nonetheless, polling has consistently shown, as have his campaign finance reports, that David Paterson is not the strongest candidate that New York Democrats can put forward. We need the strongest possible candidate for Governor at the top of the strongest possible ticket to ensure that Democratic candidates who support the principles and values of our party are elected at every level, including Congress. New Yorkers have too much at stake to do otherwise.
There is a growing sense among Democrats, as evidenced by polling and fundraising numbers, that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would be our strongest candidate. Andrew Cuomo has a proven record as an office holder, campaigner and as an outspoken advocate for working people. I urge Andrew Cuomo to run for Governor of New York. I also think Andrew Cuomo would be a great Governor for all New Yorkers, and I urge New York Democrats to support him, and to unite around him, as our nominee.
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, UFCW