Actress-turned-politician Cynthia Nixon has garnered a big endorsement as she seeks the democratic nomination for governor of NY.
Nixon is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. She made the announcement last week, however now she is the news for her support of recreational marijuana legalization. "Eighty percent of the New Yorkers who are arrested for marijuana are black or Latino, despite the fact that whites and people of color use marijuana at roughly the same rates".
Many progressives and liberals are unsatisfied with Cuomo's reign as governor, who's seen as a more moderate Democrat, which is what spurred Nixon to run for the nomination.
Even if Nixon's long-shot campaign to defeat Cuomo in the Democratic primary were to succeed, the governor's name would nearly certainly still be on the ballot in November. The issue is one of the biggest differences between herself and her Democratic opponent incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Working Families Party was started 20 years ago as a labor-backed, third-party effort to influence state and local elections, and it has had success in helping candidates in the field with volunteers and union endorsements.
The 52-year-old also says that legalizing would "generate millions of dollars in tax revenue" and "create new agricultural opportunities for New York's farmers".
A poll from mid-March shows Cuomo leading Nixon by 47 points in the primary in the deep-blue state.
The small but influential Working Families Party endorsed Cuomo in 2010 and 2014. "If by some fluke I do not, then I will confer with the Working Families Party, and we will sit down together, and we will hash it out".