Cynthia Nixon Considers Running for New York Governor Against Andrew Cuomo

by Frankie Norman March 9, 2018, 4:19
Cynthia Nixon Considers Running for New York Governor Against Andrew Cuomo

Actress Cynthia Nixon appears ready to attempt to launch a political career, reportedly eyeing a run for Governor of NY. Cynthia, who is a liberal activist, has engaged in serious talk with veteran campaign operatives Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, who ran Bill de Blasio's first campaign for New York City mayor in 2013.

A spokesman for the governor said Cuomo was just trying to have a bit of fun, and is not linking Nixon to the Russian leader.

A spokeswoman for Nixon told told Variety on Tuesday that she will "continue to explore" her options, citing the "many concerned New Yorkers" who have encouraged her to run. If she did, the five-time Golden Globe nominee would challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic primary this coming September.

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", Capellan said.

The actress said in a backstage interview after her performance in the one-woman play, "In the Body of the World", that she'd consider running for governor one day.

Nixon has previously said "maybe" when asked if she's running.

Ms. Nixon, a spokeswoman for the union-backed Alliance for Quality Education for years, joined Twitter in December and has quickly amassed 25,000 followers while sending only 41 tweets, a lot of them about politics. She continued to criticize Cuomo's achievements in school aid, noting that spending on education is something "parents all across NY state talk to me about". Pundits are calling her potential bid an example of the left's discontent with the embattled politician and a possible foil for his presidential run in 2020.

A Nixon candidacy would inevitably also been seen as another chapter in the long-running feud between Blasio and Mr. Cuomo. "Otherwise you won't last long".

Four years ago he was challenged by relative unknown Zephyr Teachout, who managed to win 34 percent of the primary vote. "If it's just about name recognition, that would really be a problem".

Ms. Nixon was on the stage in January as Blasio was sworn in for a second term.

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