Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Actor Cynthia Nixon laying groundwork in run for governor

VIDEO The co-hosts discuss declaration by actress that she chooses to be gay Actor Cynthia Nixon laying groundwork in run for governor
Michele Schwartz | 08 March, 2018, 02:17

In August 2017, Nixon joined the Today show and declared, "There are a lot of people who would like me to run".

The actress has begun assembling staff, including two veterans of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's election team, NY1 said.

Actor Cynthia Nixon is poised to jump into the race for governor, challenging Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary in September.

She sparked a controversy that same year by stating, "I've been straight, and I've been gay, and gay is better", The New York Times reported.

That said, Nixon hasn't officially announced that she's running for office yet. Her wife, Christine Marinoni, is a public school education activist who works for his administration as a special adviser for community partnerships in the Department of Education.

Nixon has been outspoken critic of Cuomo's education policies.

If a race between Ms. Nixon and Mr. Cuomo does materialize, it would instantly become one of the most intriguing Democratic primaries in the country, pitting a celebrity first-time candidate with an ability to command national media attention versus a two-term incumbent sitting atop $30 million and known for his aggressive political tactics. Nixon, 51, has been fairly active in NY politics for years.

"We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says 'other, ' less than, ' 'easy target if you're looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonise, beat up, even kill".

Then, he added: "Russian interference?" and dissolved into a long laugh.

Last month, she penned an article for CNN, encouraging political activism, and urging more people from the left to run for office.

"In this business, you can't let these things bother you, " he said. "Otherwise you won't last long". In his 2014 re-election, a primary challenger with little name recognition, Zephyr Teachout, won roughly 34 percent of the vote to Cuomo's 62 percent, leading to speculation that Cuomo, a moderate, might be vulnerable to a challenge from a well-funded progressive.

While Nixon is an acclaimed actress, who holds an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony award, she has not held a political office position before.

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