Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

Actress Cynthia Nixon may challenge Cuomo for NY governor

Actress Cynthia Nixon may challenge Cuomo for NY governor

In August, the actress better known for her role as strong-willed lawyer Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City than politics was thrown into the mix of candidates to run against NY state's current Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, in 2018. and now, new details prove this may actually happen.

NY1 reported Tuesday that Nixon is poised to jump into the race, saying she is assembling a staff that includes former advisors to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is a Cuomo political foe.

Nixon has been active in politics, particularly on behalf of LGBTQ issues.

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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.

Cynthia Nixon has not yet decided if she will run in the Democratic primary against Gov. Cuomo. She has two kids with former partner Danny Mozes and one with current wife Christine Marinoni, who works in the de Blasio administration.

According to NY1, preparations are already being made and we could expect to see well-respected figures Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers involved in the campaign, with the primary starting this September.

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A few months earlier, she appeared on ABC's "The View", where she took Mr. Cuomo to task for "shortchanging the children of NY". She also appeared to be criticizing the state Senate's Independent Democratic Conference, a group of Democrats in a power-sharing arrangement with the Senate GOP.

A Nixon candidacy would inevitably also been seen as another chapter in the long-running feud between Mr.de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo. "In this business", Mr. Cuomo said with a laugh, "you can't let these things bother you".

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is another Democrat now mulling a bid against Cuomo. Other candidates in the mix at the time were Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and former State Legislator Terry Gipson.

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Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout launched an unexpectedly strong Democratic primary challenge against him in 2014. Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a frequent critic of Cuomo, is running against Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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