Sanders Campaign Fumes After New York Cancels Democrat Presidential Primary While Conducting Congressional and State Level Voting
The suspended Bernie Sanders campaign slammed the decision by New York election officials to cancel the state’s presidential primary election on Monday, which the state is justifying on the basis of the coronavirus epidemic.
The state had previously been planning to hold a primary election on June 23rd. While Sanders is being stripped from the state’s primary ballot, two-thirds of the state’s counties are conducting primary elections for local offices on the same day that won’t be cancelled.
Sanders campaign advisor Jeff Weaver slammed the decision by election officials to prevent millions of New York Democrats from exercising their democratic franchise.
Sanders campaign advisor Jeff Weaver releases statement blasting the NY Board of Elections for canceling its presidential primary, calling "an outrage," "a blow to American democracy," and says, "if this is not remedied, New York should lose all its delegates to the [DNC]" pic.twitter.com/bqBZQVFPz0
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) April 27, 2020
“Today’s decision by the state of New York Board of Elections is an outrage, a blow to American democracy, and must be overturned by the DNC. Just last week Vice President Biden warned the American people that President Trump could use the current crisis as an excuse to postpone the November election. Well, now he has a precedent thanks to New York state.”
Sanders dropped out from the race earlier in the month, but still hopes to marshal his delegates to influence the Democratic Party at the planned August convention. Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed his concerns in a radio interview Monday, pointing out he suspended his campaign weeks ago. State primary elections have almost always included ballot selections for candidates who have dropped out of primary elections, and it only became legal for New York to boot Sanders from the ballot due to byzantine language slipped into this month’s state budget.
The primary had been originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was initially pushed back to June 23rd when New York became the epicenter of the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic.
The Democratic Party should be renamed at this point.