Dangerous Victory for the Working Families Party? UPDATE
UPDATE AT BOTTOM.Yesterday the Working Families Party announced a big win. A NYS appellate panel in Albany found in its favor and dismissed a law suit which charged that the WFP had interfered with the internal workings of another party. This victory may well come back to bite the WFP with a vengeance.
Last year, the WFP spent almost $130,000 on mailing to enrolled Democrats which helped the WFP favored candidate in the Democratic Party Primary. The WFPâ€™s actions, the appeals court agreed, violated a provision of NYSâ€™s election law which barred one party from trying to affect the workings of another party. However, the court struck down that provision as an unconstitutional abridgement of the WFPâ€™s free speech rights.
You can read the decision here if you wish:
How may this decision bite WFP or any political group? As I see it, each political group is now a free fire target for every other one. Republican and Conservative party funds may now freely be spent trying to take over or dominate the WFPâ€™s party. Free speech sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander. Have you ever been in a group threatened by takeover from the outside?
As it happens, the WFP is now experiencing the joys of threatened takeover. Paragraph below is from the WFP's Bacon & Eggs (thanks Alex N) and originates from the Times-Union. It is a story of an attempted conversative attack on the WFP:
An emerging battle over control of the Working Families Party in Rensselaer County is spilling into the 106th Assembly District race. The struggle came to light Wednesday when Assemblyman Ronald Canestrari, D-Cohoes, who had been endorsed by the WFP and petitioned for the line, abruptly declined to run on it this fall. That avoided a primary with Christopher Consuello, whose name was on another set of WFP petitions circulated by a well-known GOP player... Consuello's petitions were carried by none other than Bob Mirch -- an enrolled Conservative, Troy's public works commissioner, majority leader of the Rensselaer County Legislature and a $30,000-a-year constituent liaison for Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick... Mirch also circulated petitions to create a Rensselaer County WFP Committee. The WFP generally has multi-county chapters, not county committees... "That's absolutely false," Mirch said. "(The WFP) has a philosophy ... of grassroots local involvement. They have a problem with grassroots working families following state Election Law and constituting a party?" Karen Scharff, co-chair of the WFP's Capital District Chapter replied: "We don't feel what he's doing is grassroots organizing. Bob Mirch wants a ballot line he can control."
And he may get one.