From the Morning Memo:

A proposal that will make it harder for minor parties to qualify for ballot status was the subject of a blistering fundraising email by the Working Families Party on Tuesday as it blamed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the recommendation that could see ballot lines swept from qualification in the coming cycles.

But at the same time, the WFP hinted at a broader plan to respond to the change, including primaries, legal action and the “biggest” get-out-the-vote operation by the party.

A campaign finance commission this week backed a recommendation that would require parties to meet the threshold of 130,000 votes or 2 percent of turnout in presidential and gubernatorial elections in New York every two years — a higher bar than the current 50,000 votes every four years for a gubernatorial nominee.

The change could spell trouble not just for the WFP, which has long feuded with the governor, but also parties like the Greens, Libertarians and the Independence Party.

A change to the threshold requirement by the commission, broadening its purview over how elections are run in New York, was done ostensibly to limit the amount of public money candidates running for office will be able to receive.

But the WFP has long suspected since the commission was formed that it could be used as a vehicle to hinder them, given the party’s initial endorsement last year of Cynthia Nixon over Cuomo amid the Democratic Party.

In the fundraising email, the WFP suggested a legal challenge to the recommendations is possible.

“If the proposals hold up to legal scrutiny, New York would be the most hostile state in America to minor parties,” the WFP wrote in the email. “It would mean we’d have to have to fight three times as hard to defeat them.”

And beyond that, the WFP promised a robust turnout effort next year — as well as primary challenges from the left against incumbents.

“In 2020, we will bring the full power of the WFP and our allies to bear in challenging those who block progressive change and electing the next generation of progressive leaders — including in Democratic primaries,” the email stated.

“We will build the biggest WFP GOTV operation yet to meet these new thresholds and elect progressives from the top of the ballot on down.”

Cuomo in New York City on Tuesday said he thinks the WFP should be able to achieve the higher threshold, but it, along with other ballot lines will have to do the work to get there, he said.

“If it’s not a credible party, then it shouldn’t be getting public tax dollars in primary races, etcetera,” Cuomo said. “The Working Families Party I think would meet that threshold. You have to work to meet the threshold, but if you’re not working to meet a threshold, then you shouldn’t be qualifying for public money, anyway.”