The UFT elections and a mayoral endorsement: where does each caucus stand?
Would you trust a leadership who wants to sit out the mayoral race?
In 2009, the UFT failed to endorse a candidate. Bloomberg won a close race over Bill Thompson.
Unity wanted to sit that election out, and used a parliamentary trick to avoid even discussing a Thompson endorsement.
New Action endorsed Thompson and tried to bring the UFT on board. We endorsed early, even while another attractive candidate, Tony Avella, was still in the race. But Tony stood not much of a shot, and beating Bloomberg was our priority.
MORE did not exist. But it’s predecessors, ICE and TJC did. And they sat the election out. No endorsement.
Do MORE’s candidates know that their caucus will likely take no position in the mayor’s race?
2013? Unity has not tipped its hand. There will be a debate at the next DA. Good. Members worry that we might endorse Quinn in the primary, or that we might sit the primary out, letting Christine Quinn in by default.
New Action opposes a Quinn endorsement, but would consider John Liu, Bill DeBlasio, or Bill Thompson.
But MORE? MORE will not endorse a candidate. Do we really want to get Christine Quinn by default? If you care about the UFT’s candidate in this primary and election, you have to wonder about MORE.