Monday, 21 May, 2018

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon runs for NY governor

Cynthia Nixon Cynthia Nixon at"The People's State of the Union in Manhattan on Jan. 29
Jeannette Daniel | 20 March, 2018, 04:46

But a Monday statewide poll found that 66% of Democrats favor Gov. Andrew Cuomo over Nixon, for whom just 19% of Democrats would vote. "I'm a proud public school graduate, and a prouder public school parent".

"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, who has ties in the left wing of the Democratic Party as well as to the small but influential Working Families Party, has been mulling a run against Cuomo for several months.

Watch her candidacy announcement below. Cuomo leads Nixon by large margins in every demographic category, including among New York City residents. Her wife, Christine Marinoni, is also longtime education activist who recently left her position with with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio's administration to work with Nixon's campaign. Half the kids in upstate cities live below the poverty line.

"Our leaders are letting us down", she continues.

"Governor Cuomo wants to eliminate New York's obligation to provide schools statewide with $4.3 billion in additional funding, including almost $287 million for schools in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties", she said.


Nixon is considered to be an alternative for more moderate liberals in the blue state.

Perhaps, most importantly to people who live in New York City, Nixon has promised to fix the subway (which she rides every day).

Nixon has also traveled to Albany to push for same-sex marriage - which Cuomo successfully convinced the Legislature to approve in 2011. In a campaign video, the public education advocate said, "We want our government to work again".

If elected, Nixon would become the state's first openly gay governor and the state's first female governor.

In 2014, the party was split between Cuomo and Teachout, but ultimately choose Cuomo after he vowed to forward progressive policies in his second term - including helping Democrats win control of the state Senate, which hasn't happened. Instead our campaign will be powered by the people.

This would be Nixon's first bid at political office but she has always been an activist on political and social issues, particularly for LGBT issues and education issues.

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