Green Party seeks to capitalize on Cuomo nomination

Courtesy of Andrew Cuomo
June 4, 2014

The left-leaning Working Families Party has endorsed Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat running for re-election. But some members of the party weren’t happy with the choice.

Hawkins, a perennial progressive candidate for office, sees that has an opportunity.

"And I think, after this Working Families Party endorsement of Andrew Cuomo, it really opens up the possibility, it’s a long shot, but actually we could win this election," says Hawkins.

He says with their endorsement of Cuomo, Working Families lost credibility. But he’d still be open to their support. Hawkins cites polls saying a union-backed third party candidate could earn more than 20 percent of the vote.

"Well I’m a working Teamster with a name. I think those 24 percent of folks are looking for my candidacy," says Hawkins.

The Syracuse native works for UPS. He ran for governor four years ago and earned enough votes to automatically qualify for the ballot in November.