From the Morning Memo:

The consternation over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to create the Women’s Equality Party line is growing among Democratic women who worry that effort will hurt down-ballot candidates running on Row A.

On Monday, a Democratic district leader in Manhattan sent an email to a Cuomo administration aide, asking that he express to the governor her “extreme displeasure” with ads that ask voters to support him on the WEP line next month.

“He either does not understand or care about what that means to the Democratic Party,” wrote Louise Dankberg, who is also a member of the Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club and a longtime Upper East Side political activist.

“Votes in the gubernatorial race determine size of Assembly districts, election districts, district leader lines, state committee members, judicial delegates and alternates,” Dankberg continued.

“We are trying to get the word out that it is important for Democrats or anyone wanting to vote for the governor’s ticket to vote on the Democratic line. Any help is much appreciated.”

Dankberg is not the alone in her concern.

Sen. Liz Krueger, who represents the Upper East Side, recently called the Women’s Equality Party a “mistake” that could hurt the Democrats’ effort to re-take the Senate majority and marginalize female voters.

And Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Working Families Party, said during a CapTon interview last week that she sees no need for the WEP, and does not believe women voters should be “pigeonholed” into a separate party.

It is not lost on WFP officials like Scharff that just one letter separates their party from the governor’s WEP – a move some cynics believe is meant to confuse voters and dilute the WFP vote.

Cuomo is running on the WFP line, but rarely mentions that fact, and so far isn’t urging voters to support him there.

If the party fails to get 50,000 votes for Cuomo on its line, it will lose its official ballot status, and if it is out performed by another party – say, the WEP – it will be bumped from its hard-won slot on Row D to a line further down the ballot.