Comptroller Scott Stringer waded into the battle over ballot lines today — saying he’d urge New Yorkers to cast their vote on the Working Families Party line this Tuesday.
“I’m also urging people to consider voting on the Working Families Line, because I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, but I think the Working Families Party has pushed in a number of ways on issues I care about — like the he minimum wage, like pre-k education,” Mr. Stringer told the Observer at an unrelated Manhattan press conference.
Minor party lines have blossomed into a major issue in this year’s gubernatorial race, when a party must secure 50,000 votes to remain on future ballots. The WFP reluctantly endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo in June after seriously considering Zephyr Teachout — and some have argued that, despite accepting their backing, Mr. Cuomo has been trying to siphon votes away from the WFP by launching his own minor party, the Women’s Equality Party.
Mr. Stringer made no mention of the Women’s Equality Party today.
“For those who want to vote this great Democrat line, I think that’s great as well,” Mr. Stringer said, offering up the option Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week he’d choose.
This morning, Mr. Cuomo urged voters to select the Women’s Equality line and dismissed speculation that he was trying to harm the WFP as “a really tortured analysis.”
“To say to women in this state, you should consider organizing to make your voice heard, when the women just had their right to choose questioned–which is a fundamental right for women,” he said on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. “To say to them you shouldn’t organize to make your voice heard, so the legislature passes the Women’s Equality Act for some tortured political analysis, I think misses the point.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, told the Observer earlier this week that he’d be voting on the Democratic line.