Independence Party Nominates Cuomo, Schneiderman, DiNapoli

Earlier today, the state Independence Party nominated Gov. Cuomo and the entire Democratic slate of statewide candidates to run on its line. Gov. Cuomo has accept the nomination to run on the Independence Party line, despite pressure (from within the Democratic party, and from outside the party), not to accept the minor party’s line.

Gov. Cuomo received 146,576 votes on the Independence Party line in 2010. In order to ensure itself an automatic ballot spot for the next four years, the party must get at least 50,000 votes on the gubernatorial line in the fall’s race.

New Super PAC Will Support GOP Congressional Candidates

John Faso, 2006 GOP gubernatorial nominee and former Assembly minority leader, has launched a Super PAC called New York 2014. The group plans to support Republican congressional candidates throughout the state. Super PACs can support candidates indirectly, but cannot support candidates directly or otherwise coordinate with their campaign.

New York 2014’s first ad supports Elise Stefanik, a first-time candidate who is running against businessman Matt Doheny for the Republican nomination in the race to succeed retiring Congressman Bill Owens in the state’s 21st Congressional District.