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Permit me to give some good reasons to eliminate New York's inherently corrupt electoral fusion system, Congresswoman. /1
A decade ago, the so-called Independence Party used a local #Buffalo rumormonger to spread wild lies and rumors about candidates who were hostile to the IP, and to promote IP-endorsed candidates. /2
The Independence Party is barely a properly constituted party, and is not remotely "independent". It is, at least here in WNY, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party, and helps GOP candidates through voter confusion. / 3
After all, a lot of people register for the Independence Party when they're really trying to register small-i "independent", which New York calls "unenrolled" or "blank". /4
In Erie County, the Conservative Party is so conservative and has such strong principles guiding it that it has oftentimes endorsed pro-gay-marriage and pro-choice pols when it has suited them to do so. /5
The Conservative Party in Erie County has a microscopic number of actual enrolled members, yet has a disproportionately massive influence over our day-to-day politics, essentially operating as a GOP appendage. /6
The Working Families Party is fine and whatever, but 99% of the time it is a subsidiary of the Democratic Party and may offer some help downstate but has no significant palpable effect in suburban or rural upstate. /7
Whereas a Conservative Fusion Party endorsement can help (i.e., is the sine qua non) a Democrat get elected in a predominately Republican district, WFP endorsement has no value added, except perhaps in recruiting union money, support, and callers/canvassers. /8
And, most significantly - the Green Party in WNY has in recent years been a sitting duck for Republicans squatting on the line, getting petition signatures for right-wingers to do nothing but siphon off left-of-center votes through trickery. /9
And more proof of fusion corruption and shenanigans: dailypublic.com/articles/04152… #NY27 /12
So, with all due respect, @AOC and @BernieSanders the experience upstate is that electoral fusion is nothing more than a means for Republicans to trick voters and trade party lines and Wilson-Pakulas for patronage jobs for members. /13
It is a system that enables the Republicans to trick unsuspecting voters and to squat on party lines to dilute the left-of-center votes. /14
(And, to be fair, Democrats do go out of their way to wrest control from the IP especially, because the Independence Party is such an absolute piece of electoral garbage). /15
There are quite a few reasons why New York's fusion system may look peachy-keen in the Bronx or Queens, but it is an annual nightmare for Democrats upstate and in WNY. /16
I leave you with this tidbit, @AOC and @SenSanders: Fusion is the foundation upo which convict Steve Pigeon & his indicted partner Roger Stone ratf*ucked Democrats for 15 years in Erie County. /end
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