Working Families Party Endorses Nixon

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Cynthia Nixon, the actress and Democratic activist, got a boost in her bid to be the next governor of NY when leaders of the liberal Working Families Party endorsed her over the weekend.

The New York Working Families Party voted to endorse Nixon with more than 91% of the vote.

"I'm not naming names, but anybody who says they would not accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party is not a true progressive in New York State", Williams said. It endorsed Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo four years ago.

"I am so proud to accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party", Nixon told the enthusiastic crowd of progressive and activist groups.

Cuomo's backers denied he threatened members of the party, and several major unions dropped out of the party on Friday.

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Many progressives and liberals are unsatisfied with Cuomo's reign as governor, who's seen as a more moderate Democrat, which is what spurred Nixon to run for the nomination. "Eighty percent of the New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates".

She cited his efforts to move NY toward a $15 an hour minimum wage, adopt same-sex marriage, enact paid family leave and achieve a record $27 billion in funding for education. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue.

She announced her campaign in mid-March, running left of 2-term Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon is probably best known for her role as one of the stars in the TV show "Sex and the City" from the early 2000s, and has also won an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy award.

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