Hawkins Challenges Astorino, Cuomo to Stop Ducking Debates
(Syracuse, NY) "If Rob Astorino is so committed to having Andrew Cuomo debate Zephyr Teachout in the primary, why is he so opposed to debating me in the general election? After all, I am polling a little better than Teachout, and I am closer to Astorino in the polls than he is to Cuomo. Rob is more interested in getting some media coverage than he is in debating issues and letting voters know where the candidates stand," said Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor.
Hawkins has pulled 7% in two recent polls, which would be the highest vote ever for a progressive third party candidate for Governor in New York history. Hawkins finished 3rd out of 7 candidates in the 2010 election, winning permanent ballot status for the Green Party.