Central Brooklyn Assemblyman Walter Mosley introduced Thursday that he’ll run on the Working Families Party line after shedding the Democratic nomination to a major challenger in June — however the party itself begs to differ.
After asserting his run on Twitter, the party’s official account replied to Mosley, clarifying that they’d endorsed Mosley’s challenger, Phara Souffrant Forrest in the November election.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m operating for re-election because the Assemblymember for the 57th District on the Working Families Party Line. Vote for me in column D of your poll to proceed representing the pursuits of our district in Albany. pic.twitter.com/GQ5nZdoMXH
— Walter T. Mosley #WeStillCantBreathe (@WalterTMosley) October 2, 2020
“We’re grateful for your past service, but you conceded in June,” the party stated. “We urge all our WFP family in Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, and Fort Greene to vote for @phara4assembly.”
Reached by cellphone, Mosley argued that he had each proper to run on the WFP line, having earned it after a prolonged course of in March, and stated he had at all times been ready for the potential of combating the race to the bitter finish.
“We always knew that every time you get a race there’s the possibility that you’d have to go all the way with it,” he stated.
Mosley, a protege of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries who has served Crown Heights, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill since 2012, stated he thought the party’s choice to endorse Forrest for the final was “unfortunate.”
“I’m not going to say it surprised me or didn’t surprise me, it is what it is,” he stated. “I wish them the very best.”
Mosley misplaced the June major amid a tidal wave of far-left challengers to Brooklyn incumbents, fueled primarily by the Democratic Socialists of America. Upstart candidates ousted quite a few incumbents, together with Greenpoint Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Sunset Park Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, and beat out the institution favourite to exchange outgoing State Senator Velmanette Montgomery in the twenty fifth Senate District.
Mosley was initially endorsed by the Working Families Party for the first, and misplaced the Democratic nomination, giving him the authorized proper to nonetheless run on the WFP line regardless of shedding their symbolic endorsement for the final — which the party gave to Forrest final week.
Forrest, a union nurse, celebrated by boasting her progressive credentials.
“I’m so honored to have earned the Working Families Party’s endorsement this past week, and was humbled to win the Democratic Party’s nomination this summer by an overwhelming majority,” she stated in a press release Friday. “As always, I am the only candidate in this race refusing all real estate donations and look forward to representing the real interests of this district when I’m in Albany this upcoming January.”