Again like SEIU 32BJ, I really didn’t see the WFP going with Joe Lhota. Bill de Blasio has the chance to be New York City’s first progressive mayor since Fiorello LaGuardia.
Here’s the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact: Joe Dinkin, 978-223-5868
New York City leaders of the Working Families Party announced their support for Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City.
Working Families Party Executive Director Dan Cantor released the following statement:
“There are two reasons we are supporting Bill de Blasio. He tells the truth, and he’s a fighter for the middle class, working class and poor. That’s an awfully good combination, and we’re excited to get behind his campaign.
“Bill de Blasio has dedicated himself to addressing the soaring inequality that characterizes New York. He has run an inspiring campaign forged on the strength of his progressive values and bold vision for a city that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected.
“After more than two decades of City Hall leadership that put the interests of real estate and Wall Street ahead of the needs of New York’s middle and working classes, New Yorkers have made it abundantly clear that they are ready for a new direction. Bill de Blasio embodies that direction. We are thrilled to join in the campaign to elect Bill de Blasio the next Mayor of New York.”
A Working Families Party endorsement will earn de Blasio the support of the party’s formidable activist base, as well as the WFP line on the November general election ballot.
The Working Families Party saw successful results earlier this week on Primary Day, when twelve new progressive City Council candidates won Democratic Primaries with WFP support. The Working Families Party also backed the victorious campaigns of Scott Stringer for Comptroller, Ken Thompson for Brooklyn District Attorney and Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President, as well as the campaign of Letitia James for Public Advocate, who is headed for a run-off on October 1st.
The Working Families Party is New York’s grassroots progressive political party. The Councilmembers elected with the Working Families Party in 2009 transformed the Council by launching the progressive caucus and passing major progressive victories, including new laws guaranteeing paid sick days and reforming the city’s stop-and-frisk practice. In Albany, WFP has won increases in the minimum wage, a landmark green jobs program, and reforms to the state’s Rockefeller drug laws.