Andrew Cuomo is going to win....He doesn't need the Working Families Party....but the WFP needs him...They need him to take their nomination so they can get enough votes to maintain ballot status for four more years.
The labor based WFP is the me-too party for Democratic candidates and a way for labor to keep a short leash on Democratic lawmakers. In July, the WFP nominated "placeholder" candidates who will vacate the line next week to take a judicial nomination...Its the loophole the minor parties use to not get caught on the wrong side of history and a way to trade judgeships in exchange for their line....Crooked as Hell, but part of the system.
Andrew Cuomo says now he will take the WFP line...but only if the party bends its platform to conform to his...That includes things like a property tax cap that the unions abhor.
Let's cut to the chase....This party and the unions will say and do anything to be on the good side of Andrew Cuomo....They know he keeps score and they want to be close to power. A few hardcores may object but there is too much money and patronage on the line to let the WFP go dark by running unknown candidates.....The party will also arrange for the winner of the AG primary to go on their line.
If the WFP folds, the Indy party would become the defacto "me too" party for Democrats, but its not as good a fit as its members are docile but not as far left as the WFP.....
Internal debate in WFP on Cuomo’s ultimatum - Capitol Confidential