Voting in Tuesday's Democratic primary is the surest way to make your voice heard in a state that is controlled largely by the Democratic machine. The New York State Democratic Committee knows this, and they are spending a good deal of money to ensure that registered Democrats either vote for Governor Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul, or don't vote at all.
The NYSDC is supporting Governor Cuomo's reelection through printed propaganda and social media, a practice that Cuomo's opponents, Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, say violates state law. Teachout and Wu filed suit against the NYSDC on Friday, but a judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order, citing a need for more evidence.
"I thought they were law professors but now I understand why they are looking for other jobs," a Cuomo spokesman told the Times Union.
Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio also used "threats and intimidation" against city politicians inclined to endorse Teachout or Wu, according to a report in the Post.
De Blasio robocall: "Governor Cuomo has taken New York State from a national disgrace back to its rightful place as a progressive leader."
— Thomas Kaplan (@thomaskaplan) September 8, 2014
The second prong of the establishment Democrats' strategy is to pretend that Teachout and Wu do not exist.
During last week's Labor Day parade, one of Governor Cuomo's aides physically blocked Wu from approaching the governor. Teachout tried to speak to Hochul, tugging at her sleeve, but Hochul turned away and ignored her. Later, Cuomo, who just began campaigning last Saturday, and who unsuccessfully sued to have Teachout removed from the ballot, declined to utter his opponent's name, and refused to show up to a debate with Teachout hosted by NY1.
“I’ve been in many debates that I think were a disservice to democracy," Cuomo later said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with democracy."
Primaries have everything to do with democracy. If you're a registered Democrat, you can vote at your polling station between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Find your local polling station here. If you're happy with the status quo, there's no need to show up.