Cynthia Nixon, Battling Cuomo, Wins Endorsement of Progressive Die-Hards

If we want change, its on us, Ms. Nixon told the crowd after the partys representatives endorsed her, with more than 90 percent of the vote. We have to make it happen.

The partys decision came after a frantic set of developments on Friday. Two of Mr. Cuomos allies in the labor movement sought to stymie the Working Families Party by withdrawing from the organization, while the governor was said to have suggested withholding money from grass-roots community groups that have endorsed Ms. Nixon. Mr. Cuomos allies denied the governor had made this threat.

The public relations offensive continued on Saturday as several labor leaders and groups, including some who had been closely involved with the Working Families in the past, continued to criticize the party, in one case calling their leaders lifestyle progressives who had strayed from their trade union roots.

Speaking to the party faithful, the partys state director, Bill Lipton, seemed to confirm that the loss of labor backing including the departure on Friday of two powerful unions representing communication and building workers had been traumatizing.

This has been a rough week for the W.F.P., Mr. Lipton told the crowd on Saturday afternoon at the Albany Hilton.

Another leader, Karen Scharff, the partys co-chairwoman, expressed the greatest respect for the two unions that had dropped out on Friday Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union and Communications Workers of America District 1.

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