Four for Four. On Tuesday, we poured our hearts (and feet) into elections from Erie to Brooklyn, and we made headlines, winning every single one of our priority races. Work works.
In some races, that meant sending good incumbents back to Albany. In others, it means electing new leaders who’ll stand up for working families when it counts.
How’d we do it? Nothing glamorous, just grassroots campaigning at its best. WFP members, volunteers, and canvassers pounded the pavement to knock on over 125,000 doors across the state in the run-up to Primary Day.
We did it by talking about the issues we’re fighting for: healthcare for all, real campaign finance reform, good schools, living-wage jobs and fair taxes.
One voter emailed us about his decision to vote for our insurgent candidate for State Senate:
“I saw the WFP on his literature and made up my mind at that point to vote for Daniel Squadron. Let’s hope for the best. I will say your door to door people are wonderfully relentless.”
“Wonderfully relentless.” We have to admit, we kind of like that.
Okay, enough self-congratulation. The November election is fast approaching. In New York, a few more State Senate victories will end decades of Republican control, removing the single biggest obstacle to common sense, progressive reforms.
As we write, our organizers are being redeployed to key races across the state. It won’t be easy. The real estate lobby, insurance companies, and other big-money campaign contributors won’t give up without a fight.
We can win this. But we can’t do it alone. In the next 60 days, there’ll be phone calls to make, and certainly doors to knock. Right now, we ask you – humbly, but urgently – to pitch in and contribute to keeping our work going.
Some analysis from the press on Tuesday’s results. From the New York Times:
Winners and Losers in the Primary
Winners – The Working Families Party. This liberal-leaning political organization made a concerted push in three races that were the focal point of their activity in New York City. The party unleashed hundreds of its members to knock on doors and help pull out the vote in several closely competitive races.
The organization campaigned for Daniel L. Squadron, who defeated State Senator Martin Connor in a district in parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. Working Families also put its organizational strength behind State Senator Kevin Parker, who won a hotly contested challenge from two council members, Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart.
And it also campaigned vigorously for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who easily won his three-candidate Democratic primary. While a number of groups and editorial boards endorsed Mr. Silver’s challenger, Paul Newell, the Working Families Party made his re-election a priority, calling him “the most important leader standing up to right-wing corporate power.”
The Daily News weighed in:
Win, Lose, Draw – Primary Edition
Win – The Working Families Party. Swept all its statewide races… Cemented the reputation of its field operation as second-to-none. Could really drive the agenda should the Senate flip to Democratic control.
Last but not least, the New York Sun offered a big picture analysis:
Election Shows the Power of Working Families Party
A casual glance at the results of Tuesday’s primary election might suggest an inconclusive and even contradictory theme.
Political fortune shined on the Assembly’s stalwart speaker, Sheldon Silver, who demolished two youthful opponents, while, in an overlapping district, another veteran lawmaker, Senator Martin Connor, was vanquished by a 28-year-old upstart with a Yale degree, Daniel Squadron.
A common thread that has not gone unnoticed among lawmakers is that Messrs. Silver and Squadron, as well as two other Senate candidates in high-profile races, were all endorsed by the Working Families Party, an umbrella group of community organizers and labor unions that has become a potent force in Albany politics.