73% of New Yorkers who responded to a recent MoveOn.org survey say they want to see a progressive challenger run against incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo this fall. The political action organization surveyed more than 500,000 of its members in New York state, and hopes that the 73% number spurs a grassroots progressive campaign for an unknown candidate–or helps push Gov. Cuomo “to follow through on his commitments to pass real public financing of elections.”
The MoveOn campaign is being led by community organizer Ilya Sheyman, a Democrat who ran for US Congress in Illinois’ 10th District in 2012. (In the primary, Sheyman lost to business consultant Brad Schneider, who ultimately won the election.) Sleyman was endorsed by MoveOn and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), which was founded in 2009 by former MoveOn organizer Adam Green.