So many rumors are flying around about the WFP going into the tank for Michael Bloomberg that we’re worried there may be something to them. Because unions who comprise a major source of financial support for the WFP have their members to consider, and because spirited opposition to a third term may make contract negotiations with the mayor more difficult, there are realpolitik considerations to take into account. We understand them.
For that reason, supporting Bloomberg or remaining neutral in this election isn’t quite the same as Ray Harding’s sale of the Liberal Party ballot line to Rudy Giuliani for personal gain, a move that helped to destroy the party and Harding, but we think the loss of credibility the WFP will suffer for failing to oppose — and vigorously oppose — any candidate who seeks a third term will destroy the party’s credibility as well.
We’d hate to see that happen. It isn’t in the public interest. Nor is it in the interest of the unions. Here is an excerpt from The Daily Gotham, which has given up on the WFP. We hope they’re wrong.
Via The Daily Gotham: “WFP Kisses Bloomberg’s Ass”:
WFP some time back made a whole lot of noise about opposing Bloomberg’s Putsch. Then they quickly shut up about it. Maybe they quickly realized they could make more money joining Bloomberg’s trained surrender monkeys than standing up for working families.
Earlier when someone told me Bloomberg was trying to buy the WFP endorsement I said that although WFP loves to be bought, I think even they will be beyond Bloomberg’s money. Seems I was wrong. WFP first kissed corrupt Party Boss Vito Lopez’s ass and now are puckering up for Bloomberg’s posterior. Got this forwarded to me from several sources, but it was picked up by No Power Grab before I saw it:
Unfortunately, this is a well orchestrated scam. The Working Families’ Party’s New York City Coordinating Committee is set to endorse Mike Bloomberg for Mayor. The internet vote following the on-line mayoral forum will be packed by Bloomberg voters just as the City Council chamber was packed by paid Bloomberg supporters the day of the term limits vote. Internet votes are not vehicles of democracy -they are frauds.
CBID took a stand against optical scan voting machines that lacked a verifiable paper trail because of their potential to compromise elections. Internet voting is even more prone to manipulation.
Earlier this year, Bloomberg treated parents with an internet based “advisory straw poll” in connection with this year’s elections for the Community Education Councils. The Department of Education paid ($500,000) a consultant to set up a website (powertotheparents.org) and sent out a mailing to parents of NYC public school children hyping the “historic advisory straw poll” over the internet. Incredibly a credulous City Council candidate, Brad Lander, actually urged parents to participate. The election was extended, probably due to low participation, and the vote tallies never fully disclosed. The advisory straw poll did not empower parents. It only provided an illusion of participation.
WFP’s internet based mayoral forum and vote is designed to provide an illusion of participation. There is no verifiable way of knowing who votes or what the results are. The real endorsement decision will be made by the party’s New York City Coordinating Council. The registered members of the party are excluded since there is no primary.
So why will the Working Families’ Party endorse Mike Bloomberg? The leadership has been corrupted by contracts and the pursuit of political power.
Last year, the Working Families Party targeted Martin Connor in the 25th State Senate district because they cynically concluded Connor was weak and they felt that defeating him would enhance their perceived political power. Both WFP and Bloomberg backed Squadron and Bloomberg’s financial fingerprints can be seen in last year’s contributions.
This year, the Working Families’ Party assiduously avoided plugging the party housekeeping account loophole in their campaign finance reform proposals. What is important about party housekeeping accounts? Under NYS law there are individual contribution limits to candidates, but not to the housekeeping accounts of political parties, including the WFP’s. . Bloomberg bought the Bruno-era Republican State Senate with contributions of over $1.5 million to GOP housekeeping accounts. Having tasted the allure of Bloomberg’s money, the WFP has been corrupted on a policy level.
Read the rest of the story here: The Daily Gotham