Cuomo says lawmakers should face primaries if session ends on disappointing note

Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned state lawmakers that they should finish session with a package of progressive measures accomplished or face potential primaries next year.

Cuomo wants the Legislature to legalize gestational surrogacy and strengthen rent control laws. At the same time, Cuomo listed extending access to driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants and marijuana legalization as well as the Equal Rights Amendment and pay equity measures as key items.

“Here’s my prophecy: You were elected because you were progressives,” Cuomo said at a news conference. “You end this session — no marijuana, no driver’s licenses, half a loaf on tenant protection, no surrogacy, no ERA, no pay equity — now, I believe they should all be primaried because that is a failure of a basic progressive agenda.”

Warning incumbent Democrats could face primaries is no small thing for lawmakers, especially after the success of challengers in last year’s elections. Already, progressive groups have threatened to primary Assembly lawmakers in the 2020 elections.

Cuomo shrugged when asked if he would support primary challenges.

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