Women’s Equality Party


Kathy Hochul

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.


Zephyr Teachout

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







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6 Responses to Women’s Equality Party

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    It seems a little late in the election season to start a new political party, but any pressure on Democrats to step up and pass the Women’s Equality Agenda, is a fine idea.


  2. whungerford says:

    Ballot access for independent parties was intended to give diverse voices a chance. It is misused when major party candidates use it to run on multiple ballot lines. I don’t see how this initiative to put Gov. Cuomo’s name on another ballot line helps the Women’s Equality Agenda.


  3. solodm says:

    Not sure if it is “misuse” or creating unbeatable alliances, since at the voting booth, people still have a choice. The Women’s Equality Agenda missed passing by one vote. At this juncture, given the Supreme Court’s abandonment of Constitutional rights ( Hobby lobby, Voter Rights Act, and Citizen’s United), the intensity of Tea Party furor to regress women’s health care choices – I’ll take multiple groups joining together to get needed laws passed through New York’s legislation.


  4. josephurban says:

    Bad idea. The Democrats should be overtly and aggressively taking stands for equality for all…women, gays, men, blacks, Hispanics, whites, etc. If we need a special political party for each interest group we will dilute the message of equal opportunity. It would be different in a parliamentary system, where minor parties have some voice. But in our system it is either the Dems or no one.


  5. whungerford says:

    I agree, but then this isn’t really an independent party like the “Rent is too damn high party” for example–it is no more than an effort to get Gov. Cuomo’s name on the ballot as many times as possible.


  6. Deb meeker says:

    I would definitely agree with your opinion that some Democrats could be more forceful – but to what end? There are quite a few outspoken US Representatives and Senators speaking out loudly on these and other issues; they are out numbered in the House and their bills are filibustered in the Senate.
    Bernie Sanders ( fiercely Independent, but caucuses with Democrats) maintains a “no lobbyists welcome” sign on his Senate office door. He has brought clear thinking fence-sitters to the Democrats rosters.


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