Democrats who represent districts in New York City are “fearful” of primary challenges to their left, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Monday said.
Cuomo faced his own challenge from the left last year against Cynthia Nixon, defeating her in a gubernatorial primary and heavily outspending her.
But while progressive advocates have not been able to, as of yet, scale their campaigns statewide, they were successful in unseating incumbent Democrats in the state Senate. And, next year, could turn their focus on the state Assembly.
On Tuesday, another test is expected for the establishment as Tiffany Cabán, a public defender, vies for the Queens district attorney nomination. Cabán has the backing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Cuomo is backing Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
Handicapping that race, Cuomo said much of it depends on the level of turnout, which was low last year when Ocasio-Cortez defeated incumbent Joe Crowley.