Saturday, 21 July, 2018

'Sex and the City' Star Cynthia Nixon Eyes NY Governor's Race

Cynthia Nixon assembling staff ahead of possible run for NY governor report 'Sex and the City' Star Cynthia Nixon Eyes NY Governor's Race
Stacy Diaz | 07 March, 2018, 17:08

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 that Nixon has started to build a campaign staff, which includes two people who worked on de Blasio's first mayoral campaign.

The Sex and the City actress has not yet formally declared that she is running for governor.

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.

Mr. Cuomo brushed off Ms. Nixon's possible challenge, and the involvement of former de Blasio operatives, in an unrelated conference call with reporters on Tuesday.

Nixon's victory would make her the first lesbian governor of NY.

And now it seems Cynthia Nixon has her eye on a career in law-and-order herself.

"In this business you can't let these things bother you, otherwise you won't last long", Cuomo said. He was first elected in 2010 and is running for a third term.

Polls show he remains popular among the broader Democratic electorate in NY but he is deeply disliked by an impassioned cohort of liberal activists.

A few months earlier, she appeared on ABC's "The View", where she took Mr. Cuomo to task for "shortchanging the children of NY".

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. And in remarks after a recent Broadway show, Ms. Nixon again said she was considering a bid.

Nixon has been openly and vocally critical of Cuomo and his policies over the past few years. "Eighty years ago, she wrote, 'There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it, and other people who just stand around and watch them do it, '" she said.

Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary, told Observer the mayor is not involved in Nixon's potential bid. Nixon, a mother of three, has been married to education activist Christine Marinoni since 2012.