Two of New York's minor parties are busy trying to convince voters to vote for Andrew Cuomo not on the Democratic line but on the Independence Party or Working Families Party lines.
Under New York's fusion voting candidates can run on multiple lines and the vote totals are added together....
Both minor parties salivated to have Mr. Cuomo accept their nod because they feel he will draw enough votes to ensure not only continued ballot status but a position on Line C which is considered a desirable spot.
It doesn't provide voters a choice but that's not the point. It keeps the fiefdoms in place and the power (real or perceived) concentrated in the hands of those who control the line.
When the IP ran Golisano, it was at least a choice.....Four years ago Spitzer...This year Cuomo....
I can't vote the line just to preserve the right to nominate Andrew for reelection in four years, again on the premise he can draw the 180,000 or so needed to stay on Line C.
All three minor parties will stay in business, the only question is what line they end up on.
Mid summer I had come to the conclusion another party is needed to offer choices. I considered the Taxpayer and the Anti-Prohibition lines and settled on the latter after getting to know and working with the candidate and her people.
Rather than play the musical chairs on Lines C,D and E......Just pick one of the others or if you want to vote for Cuomo do it on the Democratic line....That is after all what he is.