Michael Goodwin: Why Cynthia Nixon already has Andrew Cuomo running scared

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There had always been rumours that Cynthia was making preparations for the campaign, even supposedly roping well-respected figures Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers into the project, and now the 51-year-old former actress has finally confirmed that the rumours are true, with the primary starting this September, running against New York's current Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Safe to say, he's no fan - explaining that Nixon's in way over her head by trying to go straight to the top of NY government, and might be better served running for a local office first.

She tweeted about the event, jokingly referencing criticism she received from former City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who called her an "unqualified lesbian".

Nixon's campaign against Cuomo is about a lot more than just the city's subway system.

"I didn't really identify as bisexual", Nixon told Michelangelo Signorile last spring. Instead, she was rather concerned about "the corruption in Albany".

In the speech, Nixon praised then Governor Andrew Cuomo for approving the law. Earlier this month, a man who was formerly one of his closest aides was convicted of bribery-related crimes.

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Just a day after Nixon had announced her campaign, Quinn spoke out against her, referring to the actress as "an unqualified lesbian". The GOP has blocked passage of bills including the Dream Act, to help children of undocumented immigrants get college aid, a measure to codify the abortion rights in Roe v. Wade into state law, as well as campaign finance reform.

Several other progressive Jewish organizations have also expressed their support for Nixon, but she most likely face fierce opposition from the more conservative and pro-Israel side in NY and the United States.

- Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in NY despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials.

But I'm also asking: Ms. Nixon, how, specifically, are you going to fix the trains? Quinn herself is gay.

Now, in no way am I saying that Nixon will follow Lamont's path to victory. I know that she would be an excellent Governor!' "I know it's imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office". People have the right to elect outsiders and to try new things. But it reflects a deep discontent in the left-leaning wing of the Democratic Party, where voters feel that establishment candidates have failed to address issues such as income inequality.

Fellow Republican and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro also plans to announce his candidacy in the coming weeks, after, at first, turning down requests to run.

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