NYC Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James is receiving pressure from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political apparatus to reject a Working Families Party (WFP) endorsement for Attorney General or she could risk losing Cuomo's support, per The New York Times. Following Eric Schneiderman's resignation, James tried to maneuver her way into the interim AG job ahead of the November election. Outrage over such obvious corruption forced her to take a step back and focus on building support for a Democratic primary. Governor Cuomo is likely to endorse her for the AG position, but her ties with the WFP could throw a wrench into those plans.
The WFP gave birth to James' political career, and it would be quite the betrayal if she were to publicly rebuke them. Cuomo is hell-bent on destroying the WFP, who had previously endorsed him in the 2014 governor’s race. The WFP is currently supporting former Sex In the City actress Cynthia Nixon’s bid for governor.
The Brooklyn based WFP has lost most of its union and political support over the last few years. After appeasing the governor and attempting to play nice with the Democratic political machine, the WFP has been reduced to a glorified consulting/canvassing group. The WFP has also gone through unexplained shakeups in their leadership. All that being said, they are expanding nationally, which is probably a good move, as New York State may be their home, but the king of NY politics remains Andrew Cuomo. He alone decides who eats.