Cuomo throws support behind superdelegate reform

Cuomo throws support behind superdelegate reform

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is throwing his weight behind the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) proposal to limit the power of superdelegates in picking future presidential nominees. 

Cuomo on Monday sent an open letter addressed to New York state DNC members, urging them to vote in favor of the measure, which has largely been associated with the party's progressive wing. 

"This week as you gather in Chicago, the DNC will consider a series of changes to the party's rules," Cuomo wrote. "One rule that is crucial to change is the influence of superdelegates. We are the party of the people and our convention and nominating process need to reflect that. Super delegates undermine that point." 

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DNC members are meeting in Chicago this week and proposals to reform the influence of superdelegates in the 2020 presidential primary are a top item on the agenda. Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersPoll: Gillum leads DeSantis by 5 points in Florida governor race Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward' Helping citizens unite in post-Citizens United America MORE (I-Vt.) has led the push to reduce the power of the superdelegates, elected officials who can vote at presidential nominating conventions every four years.  

"The superdelegate system undermines a fundamental principle of our democracy – one person, one vote," Cuomo wrote. "While Superdelegates have not directly affected or altered the outcome of our nominating process, they raise concerns of institutional bias and the legitimacy of our party's electoral process."

Cuomo's declaration comes as he is facing a challenge from the left by longtime activist Cynthia Nixon in his reelection campaign for governor. Nixon, a former television star and self-described democratic socialist, has run a progressive platform as she seeks to align Cuomo with the Democratic Party's establishment. 

Sanders has led the push for superdelegate reform, claiming he could have won the 2016 presidential nomination if superdelegates had not flocked to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSenate panel subpoenas Roger Stone associate for Russia probe Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Clinton to hold fundraiser for Menendez in NJ next month MORE. Clinton collected 544.5 superdelegates while Sanders only received 44.5.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondState Department: Allegations of racism 'disgusting and false' Congressional Black Caucus says Kavanaugh would weaken Voting Rights Act protections Democrats move to limit role of superdelegates in presidential nominations MORE (D-La.) last week said the proposal could disenfranchise members of Congress.

“Passage of the reforms in their current form would disenfranchise elected officials for no substantive reason and would create unnecessary competition between those elected and their constituent,” Richmond wrote in a letter to DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE