Actress Cynthia Nixon Announces Run for NY Governor
20 March, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Kristine Mills
Cynthia Nixon has made her decision about running for governor of NY - and it's a go. I love NY.
"Cynthia Nixon is far from a household name in NY", said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.
His campaign touted his progressive credentials, highlighting his efforts to pass same-sex marriage, increase the minimum wage, implement stronger gun-control measure and launch a free tuition program for qualified students at State University of NY schools. "We look forward to building on that record as we continue to fight and deliver for NY families statewide". Word of a potential Nixon campaign was first reported by NY1 television on March 6.
"I'm not nervous about whoever runs", Cuomo said last week. "That's called elections and that's fine". She noted that for the past 17 years, she's been "fighting for better schools, better health care, and LGBTQ equality".
But polling shows that Cuomo has a significant lead over Nixon.
"First and foremost, we need to make sure that Robert Mueller is able to conduct a thorough and unimpeded investigation", Nixon said, adding that if Trump interferes in Mueller's probe, "we must take to the streets as never before".
Nixon has her work cut out for her.
She adds, "I love NY". "And I think that No. 1 is education".
During an appearance on the Today show a year ago, she called out New York's current governor, Andrew Cuomo for inequities in school funding. Two strategists with ties to de Blasio have joined Nixon's campaign, and Nixon's wife recently left her job as an education adviser in the mayor's administration.
Known for her role as uptight lawyer Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, the actress is in fact a lifelong New Yorker.
But Nixon remains a left-field candidate with Cuomo very much the favored contender ahead of the Democratic Party primary on September 13.
Nixon picked up 19%, according to the poll. Teachout is listed as Nixon's campaign treasurer.
"New York is where I was raised and where I'm raising my kids. But something has to change".
Watch her candidacy announcement below. George Pataki, also seeking support. Cuomo has denied those rumors, however, saying he is focused on 2018. "We are sick of politicians who care more about power than they do about us".
Cuomo has been steadily moving left in advance of an expected primary by someone more liberal than him.
De Blasio backed Cuomo in the 2014 primary despite their frequent sparring.
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