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Sex And The State House? Cynthia Nixon Announces Cuomo Primary Challenge

Cynthia Nixon Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Actress Cynthia Nixon was critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on ABC's "The View" in an appearance last year.
Actress Cynthia Nixon was critical of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on ABC's "The View" in an appearance last year. Video Credit: The View

Is Nixon the one?

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Who would you vote for if these were the two Democratic candidates for New York governor?
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Who would you vote for if these were the two Democratic candidates for New York governor?

  • Andrew Cuomo
    45%
  • Cynthia Nixon
    55%

That remains to be seen, but actress Cynthia Nixon, who starred in the HBO hit show “Sex and the City,” officially announced on Monday that she is launching a Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 gubernatorial race in New York.

"Together, we can win this fight," Nixon said on her newly launched website, CynthiaforNewYork.com .

Nixon announced her candidacy on Twitter, in a post that included a link to a two-minute video which ends with her aboard the train, with the last words spoken being, "Next Stop: Albany."

"I’m running for governor because I love this state," Nixon said. "New York is the only place I’ve ever lived, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I know that we can do better. We need a New York that works for all of us – a New York for the many, not just the few.

"Eight years ago, I voted for Andrew Cuomo because I believed he was a real Democrat," she added. "But since taking office, Gov. Cuomo has shown us his true colors. He let the Republicans gerrymander their own districts to suppress Democratic voters, especially voters of color. ...

"Andrew Cuomo has given massive tax breaks to corporations and the super rich while starving the state and its cities of the most basic services and decimating our infrastructure. His inhumane budgets have been passed on the backs of our children, our working and middle class, and our elderly."

The 52-year-old Nixon became critical of Cuomo’s education policies and said on ABC's "The View"last year  that he is “is a little more like (Secretary of Education) Betsy DeVos than we like to think he is."

Professor Zephyr Teachout picked up 34 percent of the vote in her primary bid against Cuomo in 2014 when Cuomo went on to defeat Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County executive, in the general election. Dutchess County Exec Marc Molinaro has emerged as the leading Republican contender.

Cuomo would be seeking a third four-year term in 2018.

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