Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, sits down with Errol Louis to discuss his campaign platform and how he intends to unseat Andrew Cuomo.
WBAI: October 1, 2018
The audio is in the WBAI archive at https://www.wbai.org/archive.php. The show was aired at 5 pm on Monday, October 1, 2018
Green party candidate Howie Hawkins told the New York Progressive Action Network at its board meeting in Ithaca on Sunday that he is in talks with the WFP about possibly being its candidate and that the Green Party, which typically does not cross endorse, agreed to have him running on both lines, a source said.Read more
Elmira Star Gazette: September 30, 2018
To the editor:
I am the Green Party candidate for Governor.
Four years ago I finished third with 5% of the vote. Several of the issues I raised such as a ban on fracking, a $15 an hour minimum wage, and paid family leave were at least partially adopted by the Governor after the election.
After the primary debate, which largely ignored upstate New York and many critical issues starting with climate change, I proposed four regional debates (NYC Metro area, Capital District, Central NY and Western NY) to each focus on a topic area: The Economy; Government Reform; The Environment and Climate; and Social Policy, including education, health care, housing, criminal justice, and civil rights.
The debate rules should be determined by all of the candidates and the media and civic organizations, not just Mr. Cuomo. The media and civic organizations should organize the debates and hold them whether or not Cuomo decides to appear.Read more
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor, said he would be open to creating a joint ticket with the Working Families Party (WFP) to “unite the progressive vote for governor”.
Hawkins said he would be reaching out to the WFP co-chairs urging them to consider his offer. The WFP state committee is meeting Thursday night.
“We feel the pain of the WFP voters who can’t stand the thought of nominating Cuomo again. Our campaign is here to help. I am confident that running a unified left campaign will generate far more than the 50,000 votes both parties need to maintain ballot status,” Hawkins said.
“Running the Hawkins/Lee ticket jointly on the Green and Working Families ballot lines would electrify progressives who want unity. It would multiply the vote for the policies both parties support, including single-payer health care, 100% clean energy, affordable housing, fixing the MTA, fully-funded public schools, tuition-free public college, public campaign finance, bail abolition, and marijuana legalization. Win or lose, a big united vote for this agenda will compel the legislators and governor who are elected to act on our demands,” Hawkins said.Read more
Cuomo is widely favored to win, but Republicans express hope that they can combat national trends and Cuomo’s massive advantages to pull off an upset of a governor they argue has wide but shallow popularity and a long list of scandals and failures. In 2014, Cuomo dispatched Republican nominee Rob Astorino by a 52.7 percent to 39.2 percent margin, with Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins, who is running again this year, winning about 4.7 percent of the vote. Cuomo beat Carl Paladino in 2010 by an even greater margin, 63 percent to 33.5 percent....
No post-primary general election polls have been taken, but two polls over the summer showed Cuomo with a substantial lead over Molinaro, who was already on a quest to build name recognition, raise funds, and prepare for the September to November sprint. A June Siena poll gave Cuomo 56 percent to Molinaro’s 37 percent and a July Quinnipiac poll gave Cuomo 57 percent to Molinaro’s 31 percent in hypothetical head-to-head match-ups. When the Quinnipiac poll included third party candidates, Cuomo got 43 percent on the Democratic line, Molinaro got 23 percent on the Republican line, Nixon got 13 percent on the Working Families line, Larry Sharpe got 3 percent on the Libertarian line, Howie Hawkins got 2 percent on the Green Party line, and Stephanie Miner got 1 percent on the Serve America Party line.Read more
Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins on Thursday said he would be willing to run on the Working Families Party ballot line should liberal organization drop Cynthia Nixon.
“We feel the pain of the WFP voters who can’t stand the thought of nominating Cuomo again,” Hawkins said. “Our campaign is here to help. I am confident that running a unified left campaign will generate far more than the 50,000 votes both parties need to maintain ballot status.”
The Green Party has in the past been leery of cross-party endorsements
But Hawkins has said this before. In 2014, during his second bid for governor and as Cuomo was seeking a second term, the WFP was publicly wavering over whether to endorse the incumbent or Zephyr Teachout.
At the time, Hawkins suggested the WFP and the Green Party ticket unite against Cuomo. In the end, the party wound up giving Cuomo its nod.
Four years later, the WFP endorsed Nixon, an actress and public education advocate amid her unsuccesfully Democratic primary against Cuomo.
“Running the Hawkins/Lee ticket jointly on the Green and Working Families ballot lines would electrify progressives who want unity,” Hawkins said. “It would multiply the vote for the policies both parties support, including single-payer health care, 100% clean energy, affordable housing, fixing the MTA, fully-funded public schools, tuition-free public college, public campaign finance, bail abolition, and marijuana legalization. Win or lose, a big united vote for this agenda will compel the legislators and governor who are elected to act on our demands.”
The WFP is expected to meet today and later next week to discuss who will lead its ticket going into the general election.
Nearly a quarter of the votes in New York’s last race for governor did not go to the Republican or Democratic line. A lot of those votes went to the major candidates running on other ballot lines, like the Conservatives’ or the Working Families Party’s. Some were blank, or write-ins. But more than 200,000 people voted for actual third-party candidates, the vast majority of those for Howie Hawkins, who in his second run for governor as the Green Party nominee netted nearly 5 percent of the vote.
Hawkins, a former construction worker and UPS worker, is on the ballot for a third time. He told WBAI’s Max & Murphy on Wednesday that he feels his strong showing in 2014 helped push the state left. And given the increasing leftward tilt of state politics, Hawkins is hopeful that this year the Greens will eclipse the vote total for the Conservatives, who have cross-nominated Republican Marc Molinaro, and move into the third slot on future ballots behind the Democrats and Republicans. His pitch to voters includes ideas like new public housing and a guaranteed minimum income.
If Hawkins, 21 times an unsuccessful candidate for office as a Green, has been fighting on the outside for years, Stephanie Miner has moved from the inside out. A two-term Democratic mayor of Syracuse who once co-chaired the state Democratic Party, she considered challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination this year, but opted instead for an independent bid on the newly crafted Serve America line. Miner told Ben Max and I about her nuanced views on the process behind the SAFE Act, her plans to go beyond rent regulation in protecting affordable housing and whether she worries that she will draw votes from the Democrats (she is still registered with them) and help boost the chances for Molinaro to return Republicans to the governor’s mansion for the first time in a dozen years.
The full show and individual interviews are below.
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