By LOUIS FLORES
Voters angry with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) are going to voting booths today, and turnout of anti-Cuomo voters is being closely watched for the political fallout that may result, according to a report in Capital New York.
Gov. Cuomo has been causing a widening rift between the corporate wing of incumbent Democratic Party officials and a post-Occupy Wall Street electorate demanding an overhaul of the broken political system.
In recent weeks, Gov. Cuomo angered teachers and parents after he made remarks indicating that that he saw the state’s public school system as a “monopoly” that had to be busted.
Gov. Cuomo also belittled the Working Families Party as a “fringe” third party. To undermine the Working Families Party, Gov. Cuomo, with the assistance of his fellow neoliberal operative, Christine Quinn, fabricated a sham women's rights party, to siphon away votes from the Working Families Party's base.
Lingering resentment still exists over Gov. Cuomo's years-long, scorched-earth campaign of Medicaid cuts and hospital closings that led to the closure of Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn.
Now, the Working Families Party may pay a political price for having endorsed the borderline neoliberal/neoconservative incumbent, Gov. Cuomo, for reelection. Gov. Cuomo has long-delayed any definitive ban on hydrofracking, he has opposed any effort to progressively tax the incomes of the richest 1% of New Yorkers, and he has made draconian healthcare cuts to Medicaid in order to fund tax cuts for corporations.
If the Working Families Party fails to receive 50,000 votes for a despised candidate on its ballot line in today’s state-wide gubernatorial election, it may lose its permanent place on the next state-wide ballot. And should the Working Families Party lose its ballot position as a result of its tragic endorsement of Gov. Cuomo, then will party leaders and union operatives look to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) for accountability ?
In the days leading up to the frantic Working Families Party convention, Mayor de Blasio was privately lobbying party leaders to support Gov. Cuomo for reelection, according to a report in The New York Daily News.
The political ramifications would begin with the blame game, but would almost certainly include some serious second-guessing by liberal voters of the wisdom of Working Families Party operatives, who fell for Mayor de Blasio’s lobbying to support the endorsement of Gov. Cuomo.
Everything will hinge on voter turnout today, and nobody knows what to expect.
In an effort to scare voters to the polls, Gov. Cuomo arranged for a threatening mailer to be sent to lackadaisical voters, menacing voters with the fact that the state has been keeping track of registered voters, who had not been participating in recent elections, a move that was resoundingly criticized for having been engineered to benefit Gov. Cuomo.
Following criticisms of the mailer, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R- Rensselaer) on Sunday said that, “I think personally that New York City, as lazy as they are, they’re not going to show up to vote,” remarks that Cuomo campaign operatives seized upon in an effort to attach race-baiting fears to Assemblyman McLaughlin’s comments.
On Twitter today, a few voters took to expressing exasperation with the tortured logic that the Working Families Party and their supporters, having painted themselves into a corner, were using to urge voters to cast their ballots for Gov. Cuomo’s reelection. Some voters on Twitter posted messages tinged with anger, with “F-ck Cuomo” and “FUAC” sometimes being used in combination with hashtags, to vent their displeasure with the incumbent governor.
Polls in Queens will remain open until 9 p.m.