Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NY Democrat Convention Starts Today

There will be noise, but little drama, as the Democratic State Committee kicks off its Convention today to Nominate Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a Third Term and Nominate New York City Public Advocate Letitia James as Attorney General.

All the Business of Nominations will be conducted on Wednesday, with an afternoon timeout for a Pep Talk by Hillary Clinton.

Cynthia Nixon's Name will be placed in Nomination, but even Supporters like George Albro of the New York Progressive Action Network acknowledge they don't expect her to get the 25% of delegates needed to win a spot on the Gubernatorial Primary Ballot.

The same is true of Zephyr Teachout, the Law School Professor seeking the Attorney General nod.

Leecia Eve, a Verizon Executive and Daughter of a prominent Buffalo Political Family, says she is considering a Run but didn't Submit the Required Paperwork to be Nominated. She could still be Nominated from the Floor, a maneuver which doesn't come with the ability to make Praising Speeches, but, with support among even her Western New York Base Split, her allies were unclear late Tuesday if she would do so.

People acknowledged that the Challenger with the greatest, but still small, chance of success is Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), who is challenging Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Hochul spoke at an Opening Reception, and was introduced by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as the "hardest-working, most-effective lieutenant governor in history." Hochul predicted a "blue tsunami" would sweep across the State, and worked the crowd for over an hour.

There may also be some drama over Party Resolutions. Albro's group is pushing a Resolution that would allow Independent Voters to Vote in Democratic Primaries, and they held a Press Conference with Our Revolution President Nina Turner to make their point.

The Progressive Caucus is offering several Resolutions, including one to kick renegade Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who Caucuses with the Chamber's Republicans, out of the Party. It's a delicate topic, as both Parties desire Felder's Vote in a closely Divided Senate. But Dutchess County Democratic Chairman Elisa Sumner said she didn't care: "Why should we worry about how he would react about my not wanting him to be on the Democratic ticket? He obviously doesn't worry about the Democrats when he caucuses with the Republicans."

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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