Why I Voted Against Endorsing Cynthia Nixon

DSA Endorsed Cynthia Nixon — I voted “No.”
  • We should endorse Nixon because we want to defeat Cuomo.
  • We should support Nixon because she is a progressive candidate who has declared herself to be a democratic socialist.
  • We should endorse Nixon because she shares our positions on the Health Act and on rent stabilization.
  • We should support Nixon because our allies with whom we work in coalitions support her and our failure to do so would distance us from them.
  • We should support Nixon because this is an historic opportunity to continue to build the progressive movement and the socialist current within it, including to recruit to DSA.
  • We should support Nixon because it will build our organization’s political and social movement capacity.
  • We should support Nixon because it will build class power, since we will be organizing among working class people around issues like health and housing.
  • We should endorse her because then we will have more leverage over her and we can work with her to improve her political program.
  • We should oppose electoral politics in principle or opposition to electoral politics at least at this moment.
  • We should not work in the Democratic Party because it is a capitalist party.
  • We should not endorse Nixon because we do not want a rich woman and famous actress to be the face of DSA.
  • We should not endorse her because we do not have the capacity to carry out another political campaign in addition to Julia Salazar’s.
  • We should not endorse Nixon just because some of our allies such as Make the Road support her, since they are NGOs and have different politics and motives.
  • We should not support Nixon because she opportunistically announced her “democratic socialist values” only after Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s victory over Joe Crowley.
  • We should not endorse Nixon because–-unlike Ocasio Cortez and Salazar — she is not a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
  • We should not endorse Nixon because since she is not a member, we will not be able to hold her accountable to our organization.
  • We should not endorse her because our failure to endorse will not affect either her campaign (which is very likely to lose in any case) nor our organization.
  • We should not endorse her because for many of the reasons given above, it devalues our endorsement and discredits our claim to be socialists.

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Dan La Botz is a writer. His most recent book is Trotsky in Tijuana at trotskyintijuana.com

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Dan La Botz is a writer. His most recent book is Trotsky in Tijuana at trotskyintijuana.com

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