“If we want real change we don’t just need to elect more Democrats we need better Democrats,” she told the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s candidate training session on Friday in Washington, D.C.
“This is not a time to settle. This is a time to fight.”
Nixon said young people, women and people of color – those voter blocs to whom she is appealing – “are going to stop showing up for the Democratic Party if the Democratic Party doesn’t start showing up for them.”
She received a warm welcome from the crowd of candidates, who are in Washington for a four-day candidate training conference, which include sessions on everything from fundraising to media training to the logistics of building a campaign.
But they’re also the symptom of another problem for Democrats – the division in the party between the liberal and more moderate wings. Primary battles in several contests across the country – particularly in House races -- are soaking up the party’s time and money.
“Everyone here today has something common – the Democratic establishment didn’t want us to run,” Nixon said.
Nixon’s campaign is building its strategy on appealing to party’s left wing to support her over Cuomo.
In doing so, her supporters will face off against the labor unions and other traditional groups that have telecast their support for Cuomo and can utilize massive get-out-the-vote operations.
Nixon made her own appeal to the unions when ABC News asked her if she was concerned about their support for Cuomo.
She said a lot of the inequity in the country was due to “the desertion of the labor unions by both sides of the aisle. We need to support the labor unions and they’re the best chance we have to address inequity in this country.”
New York’s primary is on Thursday, Sept. 13.
“We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something white people do with impunity,” she said in her remarks -- a line that got a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd.
Boehner on Wednesday joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, one of the nation's largest cannabis corporations. He said that "my thinking on cannabis has evolved" and he now supports changing federal marijuana policy.
Nixon’s speech was peppered with lines designed to appeal to the progressive crowd and they garnered loud and sustained applause.
“If Washington is a swamp, then Albany is a cesspool,” she said to cheers.
She issued her final rallying cry with: “If we want change, we have to do what we’ve always done – we have to go out ourselves and we have to seize it.”