The Working Families Party is seeing double – or maybe just cross-eyed.
The party took a surprising and confusing stance on the state attorney general race at its convention Saturday, throwing support behind both Letitia James, the city’s public advocate, and outspoken law professor Zephyr Teachout.
The WFP techincally placed Kenny Schafer as a placeholder for its AG nominee. The party plans to ultimately endorse James or Teachout depending on who wins the Democratic primary in September.
“These are two incredible progressive women in the race, and New Yorkers would be lucky to have either as our next Attorney General,” Bill Lipton, director of New York Working Families Party, said in a statement. “These are two WFP heroes.”
The move to support James along with Teachout appeared to be a slap in the face to Gov. Cuomo, who had said he would not support James for the state’s top law enforcement job if she accepted the endorsement of the WFP. The party is supporting his rival, “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, in September’s Democratic primary for governor.
“Andrew Cuomo is putting us in a box,” delegate Jeffrey Gold told The Post when asked about the move to support both James and Teachout. “We don’t want to be in that box. We want a choice. The people of New York want a choice. It’s divide and conquer. We’re not taking Cuomo’s bait.”
James, who kicked off her campaign for attorney general last week, running as a Democrat, did not attend the WFP’s annual state convention at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem yesterday. She had long embraced the WFP, winning her first race to City Council on the party’s ticket in 2003.
At the convention, delegates formally endorsed Nixon for governor, while Teachout gave an impassioned speech seeking the progressive party’s backing for attorney general.
“It’s been an ugly couple of weeks,” said Teachout, referring to the scandal that forced disgraced former AG Eric Schneiderman out of office earlier this month.
“I can’t stop being mad that New York has become a rolling scandal of corruption and sexual harassment,” she said. “The AG’s job is justice, and remember, the statue of justice is a woman.”
Last month, the party announced it would choose Nixon, 52, over Cuomo – angering many union leaders and county Democratic Party chairs.
“For years now, Andrew Cuomo has had the nerve to say to families across New York State that there is no alternative, that we are broke,” Nixon told the crowd of 200 delegates. “Is New York broke? I don’t think so.”
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