Why I Will Vote For Howie Hawkins For Governor Of New York Tomorrow
I have met both Andrew Cuomo and Howie Hawkins in person. My general impression of both of these candidates in the 2014 campaign for Governor of New York was that they were more motivated their personal ambitions than by any policy concerns. Perhaps that’s typical of politicians, but the point is that I was not strongly inclined to support either Hawkins or Cuomo. Yet, in tomorrow’s election, Hawkins, the Green Party candidate, will get my vote.
Howie Hawkins, when I talked with him, couldn’t keep his facts straight. He was highly distractible, and mumbled, and accused Democratic politicians in New York State of doing things I knew for a fact they hadn’t done.
The behavior of Andrew Cuomo, however, has been much, much worse. When he gained office, Cuomo cut school and health care budgets and but refused to ask wealthy individuals to pay their share, and cut taxes for big banks. Cuomo has interfered with New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s efforts to increase the minimum wage and increase access to pre-kindergarten education. Cuomo has supported charter schools that suck funds out of public schools without providing a reasonable level of educational achievement, and without being accountable to the communities that they’re supposed to serve. Cuomo has silently accepted widespread electronic surveillance against New Yorkers, and has worked to sap the power of labor unions. As Governor, Cuomo has been an ethics nightmare, shutting down an anti-corruption investigation when it began to look into his own shady dealings.
I’m tired of seeing Democratic politicians like Andrew Cuomo take the support of liberals for granted, expecting progressive activists to churn out the vote no matter how wide the gap between their ideals and the politicians’ right-leaning agendas becomes.
On Election Day, when I vote for Howie Hawkins, I’ll really be voting against Andrew Cuomo, and the cynical strategy of triangulation that he represents.