A well-funded candidate could “hi-jack” the Working Families Party line if the Wilson-Pakula repeal is approvd, the minor party’s executive director warned in a statement blasting the plan.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday released bill language that would repeal the 1947 waiver for a party’s leadership to grant ballot access to non-party members (Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein also released bill language on repealing Wilson-Pakula, as well as his plan for publicly financed campaigns, on Tuesday as well).

Cuomo’s plan doesn’t end fusion voting, but it would strike a significant blow to the leaders of the small, but influential third parties like the WFP or the Conservative Party.

But the WFP argues the repeal would weaken the third party organizations writ large and “diminish” independent voices.

“This is a bad idea at any time, but especially so now. The public is rightly cynical about the health of our democracy; they believe that the political game is rigged,” said WFP Executive Director Dan Cantor. “The wealthy and well-connected get special access and special consideration from public officials. The mission of the Working Families Party is to ensure that our elected officials are accountable to working families and not powerful corporate interests. The 99%, not the 1%.”

As opposed to making the electoral process more open, Cantor argued that it would do just the opposite.

Under the proposal advanced by the Governor, a well-funded candidate could hijack the Working Families Party ballot line, whether they share the values of our party or not. A quarter-million New Yorkers voted on the Working Families Party line last fall, and they did so because they trust that our endorsements mean something about a candidate’s positions and values. Party leaders are elected to safeguard the integrity of their parties, and they should be allowed to do so.

The Wilson-Pakula repeal proposal from Cuomo was made after Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Queens Democrat, sought to gain access to the Republican ballot line for New York City mayor allegedly through bribing party leaders in New York City.

The split between Cuomo and the WFP — never intertwined allies to begin with — is made a bit more awkward if only because both the party and Cuomo are pushing for publicly financed campaigns as a solution to Albany’s ethical shortcomings.

The WFP is part of a coalition of groups operating under the Fair Elections umbrella that’s making the public financing push.

Cuomo supports public financing, but faces significant opposition from Senate Republicans.