A former “Sex and the City” star who has announced she is running for governor of New York called out her rival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as being “famously vengeful.”
Cynthia Nixon made the decision to run because, she told Glamour magazine, “bullies have to be confronted.”
“The blunt truth is that Andrew Cuomo has a [nearly] $31 million war chest, and he is famously vengeful,” she said.
“It is almost impossible for anybody who is in Democratic politics to run against him,” she explained in the wide-ranging interview. “I think somebody who is supposed to have the public interest, but rules through fear, is exactly the person you have to go up against. Bullies have to be confronted.”
While democrats would probably be expected to toe the party line and support Cuomo, who is running for a third term, Nixon has chosen to challenge him instead. And she is not alone.
Public Advocate Letitia James and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will not be endorsing Cuomo for re-election either, The New York Post reported.
And while plenty has been said about President Trump’s television background, it seems the idea of a TV star as governor of New York is not so problematic for Nixon’s supporters, Glamour noted. The actress has no previous political experience but appears to be quite a progressive rival for Cuomo.
She has had more than 17 years of experience with activism for LGBTQ rights and has been a supporter of Planned Parenthood and NARAL for years.
“I’m an ardent Democrat, but I feel that the party’s increasing reliance on corporate money and the demands of wealthy political donors means they are more and more removed from working class people,” the 51-year-old actress told Glamour. “If the Democratic Party is going to stand for what it says it’s going to stand for, we have to, as you say, not just call on African-Americans when it’s election time and then forget about them the rest of the time. They’re our core base. They’re our most loyal voters. But also, when things like Donald Trump happen—and frankly, when things like Andrew Cuomo and his massive disinvestment in our state happen—they’re the hardest hit.”
Nixon feels she is the perfect candidate to go up against Cuomo, who serves in the same office his father Mario Cumo held for three terms, from 1983 to 1994.
“We so badly need someone to run against Andrew Cuomo. To show who he is. And to show everything that’s been lacking here in the last eight years and everything New York could be in opposition to Donald Trump,” she said.
If Nixon won the race against Cuomo, she would be the state’s first female and openly gay governor, having married Nixon longtime partner Christine Marinoni in 2012.