The Green Party candidate for governor wants to be included in debates. Howie Hawkins says he is the only candidate left in the race to represent the state’s progressives.
Hawkins, a Syracuse area UPS worker and Teamsters union member, says “by any reasonable standard” he should be included in any debates for the governor’s race that feature major party candidates Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.
“There a lot of progressives in New York,” Hawkins said. “Their candidate should be in the debates.”
The primaries are over and the focus now shifts to the general elections, which are a little over seven weeks away. Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo faces Republican challenger Rob Astorino.
Cuomo made a rare campaign style appearance in Buffalo with running mate Kathy Hochul just after winning the Democratic primary with 60% of the vote. Without mentioning him by name, he portrayed his Republican opponent Rob Astorino as a “hyper -conservative” out of touch with New Yorkers.
After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo is now poised to run strongly against his Republican challenger. But will he have any lingering problems after more than one third of primary voters rejected him for an obscure law professor?
Cuomo’s challenger, Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout, managed to win over one third of the vote against the incumbent governor, despite Cuomo’s multi-million dollar war chest and near unanimous support from the state’s Democratic political establishment from Hillary Clinton to local mayors.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul beat off a challenge from two law school professors in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But, challenger Zephyr Teachout won over one third of the vote, opening a potential weakness for the incumbent governor among progressive voters.
One day before the Democratic primary, candidates made a last minute pitch to the small number of voters expected to show up at the polls on Tuesday. Governor Cuomo, who has rarely campaigned over the summer, attended two rallies, in New York City, and in Buffalo, where his running mate Kathy Hochul is from.