Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Women’s Equality Party of New York Stands Out as a Party that Never Had Any Achievements of its Own

In 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s organization created the Women’s Equality Party, and petitioned to get it on the ballot for Governor and Lieutenant Governor (but no other offices). The party, of course, nominated Cuomo for Governor as its own nominee.
Although New York has had many parties that were created by one of the two major parties, the Women’s Equality Party, which went off the ballot in November 2018, stands out as one that was unusually passive and never had any significant election activity for any federal or state office. In 2016 and 2018, years in which it had its own primary and was able to nominate for any partisan office, only once did it nominate anyone who hadn’t sought a Democratic or Republican nomination for the same office earlier that year. In 2018 it did nominate Brian Phillips for Assembly, 140th district. He had not sought the nomination of a major party for that office that year. He is therefore unique in the party’s history. The party did not appreciate his candidacy, and on its 2018 web page, where it listed all its other nominees, it did not mention him. The party never polled as much as 6% for any of its nominees for federal or state office. It did have seven nominees for federal or state office in 2018 who were not Democratic nominees, but all seven of them were Democrats who had lost that year’s Democratic primary. One of them was Congressman Joseph Crowley, who refused to drop his Women’s Equality nomination for the general election even though he had lost the Democratic primary to newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In 2018, the party received this share of the vote in districts in which it had nominees: U.S. House .96%; State Senate .96%; Assembly .96% (it’s just a coincidence that the percentage is the same for all three types of office). For statewide office, it polled .45% for Governor, .59% for Comptroller, and .69% for U.S. Senate.
In 2016, it had polled 1.27% in the districts it contested for U.S. House; 1.11% for State Senate; and 1.19% for Assembly. While it was on the ballot, it never contested any State Supreme Court races. It was the only “fusion” party in the state to skip those races. Also in 2016, it had polled .47% for Hillary Clinton for President. In 2014, the year it had gained party status, it had polled 1.41% for Andrew Cuomo for Governor.

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