By Joe Seeman (Contact)
To be delivered to: Governor Andrew Cuomo
Earlier this year, Governor Cuomo announced his plan to limit the corrupting influence of big money on elections through a system of public financing. New York has an opportunity to take a stand against Citizens United, and make sure every voice is heard, not just billionaires and corporate special interests.
But to win real change to our broken political system, we need a legislature that supports the Fair Elections plan. The Assembly already does. We just need to “flip” the Senate from Republican to Democratic control.
George Latimer in Westchester, Cece Tkaczyk in the Hudson Valley and Ted O’Brien in Rochester are all progressive Democrats, running in competitive, open-seat Senate races who support the Fair Elections plan.
Terry Gipson, Justin Wagner, Ryan Cronin and Andrew Gounardes are all running in competitive races too. They can win, especially with President Obama at the top of the ticket, but they need support.
Gov. Cuomo is the most popular Governor in America. But in crucial races that will determine the control of the Senate and the fate of the Fair Elections proposal, he has been silent. Even worse, he has hinted that he might support Republicans.
But there’s still time to act. Gov. Cuomo needs to stand and support the Democrats who are backing the Fair Elections plan.
Gov. Cuomo: take a stand and endorse the Democrats who support your agenda.
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