Actress Cynthia Nixon may be considering a run for the governorship of New York. The move would pit the liberal-leaning actress against current governor Andrew Cuomo (D) in 2018.
Nixon, best known for her role as cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbes on the HBO series “Sex and the City,” is reported to be contemplating a run at the urging of others. The progressive and outspoken political activist’s candidacy would be “a long shot,” according to analysts, but fans are still hopeful.
Nixon has publicly criticized Gov. Cuomo, objecting to his education policy in a March op-ed published in USA Today’s Courier Journal. Calling it “frightening” that Cuomo’s education-policy leanings are similar to those of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Nixon, wrote:
“Governor Cuomo wants to eliminate New York’s obligation to provide schools statewide with $4.3 billion in additional funding, including nearly $287 million for schools in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. There is no doubt that high-needs schools require this support.
“He also wants to increase the number of privately-run charter schools in New York City by more than 50 percent. And he has been a loud proponent of private school tax credits, essentially a backdoor voucher system.”
Nixon also criticized the governor while making an appearance on “The View” in April. She doubled-down on her earlier comments, saying, “Basically, Gov. Cuomo is shortchanging the children of New York state. He is not against public schools but he doesn’t like to pay for them.”
Cuomo, who is planning to run for re-election in 2018, may also be facing other Democratic challengers, such as Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and former state legislator Terry Gipson.
Progressives in the state almost elected liberal professor Zephyr Teachout in the 2014 election, when Cuomo was running for a second term. Teachout appealed to more progressive voters and said Cuomo may be “surprised” by the change in politics in the country, which could have translated to votes for her. While Teachout won only 34 percent of the vote, her relative success was unexpected.
Addressing progressives, Cuomo’s 2018 campaign chairman, Bill Mulrow, said: “Governor Cuomo has the strongest progressive record of any elected official in this country—period—and we look forward to building on that record in the third term.”
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