New York's quirky third parties are often the home for the non-conformists, the unwanted, and those who truly are political hobbyists.
Such is the case with the Independence Party, whose primary value has been its name and home on Line C of New York's ballot.
The party has few activists except for cells of activity in various counties. The party had made a bold move towards local control some years ago, but reversed course in 2008 when that policy impeded the Albany wheelin and dealin with the leadership....
The party shifted course and is very much in the traditional role of trading the line on the ballot for a place at the table.
Now Chairman Frank MacKay, a mercurial, shrewd, hard-nosed pol from Long Island, is trying to recast the party as the antithesis to the states pro-labor Working Families Party. The IP will be the party of small business and business dollars are flowing in.
First test for MacKay is this year's budget....Hope he doesn't back anyone who backs the sugar tax.
This is an interesting read...Check it out.
The Independence Party Tries a Buttoned-Down Appeal The New York Observer