Tonight, the Working Families Party is meeting and could vote on a mayoral endorsement.
A source there said the mayor’s people are “pushing, very very hard for an outright endorsement,” believing they can win it, and not just block Bill Thompson from getting it.
Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson said the onus is on Thompson to win the endorsement, and he did his part to raise those expectations.
“Bill Thompson ran on the WFP line in 2001 and 2005. If he doesn’t get the line tonight it will be a huge blow,” Wolfson said.
One labor leader, Stuart Appelbaum of RWDSU, said, “The question isn’t whether Bloomberg can get the endorsement, but whether he can prevent Bill Thompson from getting the endorsement.”
He also said the vote is about the existential meaning of the party.
In 2005, the Democratic mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer had a majority of the WFP voting members’ support, but fell short of the two-thirds needed for an endorsement. That prevented him from appearing on their line and cut off some of their operational support for him.
Appelbaum said the vote is “not just on who you’d like to see as mayor, but how you’d like to see the Working Families Party play.”
The meeting is taking place at the WFP headquarters at 2 Nevins Street in Brooklyn, and starts at 8 p.m.
The vote is taking place 310 West 43rd Street, the headquarters of 1199 SEIU, one of the major WFP partners.
Related: here’s a highlight tape the WFP made from the mayoral forum they hosted recently.