NYS Election Law allows independent parties to petition for a line on the ballot. Gov. Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul have announced an effort to create a ballot line for a Women’s Equality Party for themselves and possibly others. One wonders, is this a good idea?
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign launched an effort Thursday to create a new ballot line promoting women’s equality issues, while state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled a bill meant to dull the impact of the Supreme Court’s controversial Hobby Lobby decision.
Cuomo’s running mate, former U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul of Buffalo, was in Manhattan Thursday to announce the formation of the Women’s Equality Party, which will attempt to gather 15,000 petition signatures by late August in order to secure a spot on the November ballot.
The effort could give Cuomo a fourth line on the November ballot, should he win a Democratic primary. He has already secured the Working Families and Independence Party lines.
“The new Women’s Equality Party will bring together the strength and power of our state’s women leaders to promote the Women’s Equality Agenda and influence policy and government, inspired by the spirit of Seneca Falls,” Hochul said in a statement.
The NY Daily News reports:
Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham Law school professor looking to challenge Gov. Cuomo in a Democratic primary, called the governor’s move to create a Women’s Equality Party ballot line a cynial attempt to lure female voters.
“Last time I checked, the Democratic Party is supposed to stand for women’s equality,” Teachout said in a statement Thursdsay morning. “We don’t need a new ‘party’ for women’s equality. We need a new governor with traditional Democratic values.”
Reportedly, Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for Rob Astorino, showed up at the event on Thursday and told reporters:
“Governor Cuomo should be ashamed of himself for playing politics with women’s rights.”
Astorino is said to plan to petition for a “Stop Common Core” ballot line for himself.
News reports say the new party effort is supported by “women’s groups,” but they are not listed. Many women’s rights organizations have long resisted efforts to create a “women’s party.”
© William Hungerford – July 2014