Cuomo jokes about Cynthia Nixon's possible primary challenge

Rosalie Gross
March 8, 2018

Nixon, who appeared in the television series "Sex and the City", has been in talks with campaign operatives about challenging Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in September, multiple news outlets have reported.

Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is continuing to explore a run for NY governor this year.

"Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it", Capellan told The New York Times.

Asked Wednesday in a conference call with reporters if he thought the mayor, a Democratic rival, was playing a role in Nixon's potential bid, Cuomo remarked: "I think it was probably either the mayor of NY or Vladimir Putin ..."

It was first hinted she was interested in the Empire State's top job last August when her associates told The Wall Street Journal she was mulling the idea. "In this business", Mr. Cuomo said with a laugh, "you can't let these things bother you".

According to USA Today, Nixon and two other Democrats are considering facing Cuomo, who is vying for a third term in November, and is a likely 2020 presidential candidate.

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Actress Cynthia Nixon speaks during the "People's State of the Union" event on January 29.

During her appearance on The View a year ago, she accused the Governor - who is seeking a third term in office - of "shortchanging the children of NY". De Blasio is one of Cynthia's good friends. She has two kids with former partner Danny Mozes and one with current wife Christine Marinoni, who works in the de Blasio administration.

While Nixon is an acclaimed actress, who holds an Emmy, a Grammy, and a Tony award, she has not held a political office position before.

Nixon, in an interview past year on NBC's "Today" show, blamed Cuomo for what she called the widening gap between the richest and poorest schools.

Just months before, while appearing on The View, she criticized Cuomo for, as she said, "shortchanging the children of NY".

Schwartz was referring to former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.

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