Hillary Clinton is set to speak and endorse New York Governor Andew Cuomo at the state’s Democratic Convention on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.
Gov. Cuomo is seeking a third term and facing a Democratic primary challenge from actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon. Mrs. Clinton’s endorsement is not surprising. The governor is a long-time ally of the Clintons. He served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urband Development during the admimistration of former President Bill Clinton.
Still, many view Mrs. Clinton’s endorsement as a boost to Gov. Cuomo’s campaign and fend off Nixon’s primary challenge. . Last month, the governor failed to obtain the endorsement of New York Working Families Party (WFP), an influential progressive political group in the state. However, two labor unions left the WFP and endorsed the governor.
Earlier this month, the latest survey from Qunnipiac University showed that Gov. Cuomo had a two-digit advantage against Nixon. Fifty percent (50%) of likely voters support Gov. Cuomo compared to 22% for the actress.
The governor will likely secure more endorsements from Democratic Party leaders during the convention and before the primary election on Sept. 13.
Nixon claims Gov. Cuomo doesn’t have progressive credentials
Nixon expressed confidence with her campaign even if she the underdog in the governor’s race. She claimed that Gov. Cuomo is not a real Democrat and she is better choice for New Yorkers.
In a statement on Monday, Nixon said, “New York Democrats deserve to have at least one actual Democratic candidate for governor at their state convention. As Governor Cuomo has said himself, he’s run this state in a way that would make any Republican proud.”
In addition, the actress said, “The Governor and his allies have bullied progressive community groups and rallied the full force of the big money establishment because they know he doesn’t have any progressive credentials to stand on. But I won’t be scared out of the room. New Yorkers deserve a choice.”