Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

'Sex and the City' Actress Announces New York Primary Challenge to Cuomo

'Sex and the City' Actress Announces New York Primary Challenge to Cuomo

March 6: Cynthia Nixon for NY governor? "I've never lived anywhere else". But something has to change.

Nixon shared some of her platform, saying she wants to fix health care and the broken subway system in addition to ending mass incarceration.

Although she starred in the hit "Sex and the City" series, 60 percent of voters said they didn't know enough about Nixon to form an opinion.

Nixon announced her candidacy Monday. How did we let this happen?

More recently, she has been delving into issues of keen interest to New York City, the main blue stronghold in a state where suburban and rural towns upstate tend to run red.

The party consultant said the environment that spawned such things as the #MeToo movement will also limit Cuomo's ability to go harshly negative against Nixon. Nixon will challenge incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo.

He also mocked her as a B-level celebrity, saying he'd be more anxious if it were Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie or Billy Joel running against him.

Nixon is not yet officially filed her paperwork to the Federal Election Committee, though we can expect she will soon. Nixon's wife, Christine Marinoni, works in de Blasio's administration as a special adviser for community partnerships in the Department of Education.

Nixon's big advantage over other potential lefty challengers to Cuomo is name (and face) ID, thanks to her starring role as Miranda in the iconic and long-running show Sex and the City.

The poll showed DeFrancisco and Molinaro are still largely unknown across NY state, with 76 percent saying they do not know enough about DeFrancisco to have an opinion, and 77 percent for Molinaro.

"What moves people in campaigns, is when you put money behind it, and you're all over radio and TV, and you're on the blogs", said Greenberg. And, far from a stunt candidacy, the actress has recruited serious political muscle to advise her campaign.

Over all, Mr. Cuomo's standing heading into his re-election year appears to have slightly deteriorated from four years ago.

The actress listed several campaign priorities in the clip.

In a January op-ed for CNN, Ms Nixon wrote: "If we've learned anything during this first year of the Trump presidency, it's that the cavalry isn't coming to save us". Per Nixon, not only is NY her "home", but she has realized that "something has to change".

"New York is my home".

Her campaign website said Nixon would not accept any corporate contributions and would limit contributions from any individual or organization to $65,100 for the election cycle.

Roughly 47 percent of individuals said they would vote for Cuomo, compared to 29 percent for Dutchess County Executive Marco Molinaro-who is expected to launch his bid on April 2-and 28 percent for state Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco.

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Forty-two percent of voters rated Cuomo's job performance as good or excellent; with 57 percent rating it poor or fair.

Asked by reporters this month why she might run against him, Cuomo joked that she was put up to it by his enemies.

The video highlights her New York roots, showing her riding the subway and speaking at various rallies - while noting she grew up in a fifth-floor walk-up apartment in New York City.

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