Cynthia Nixon, a progressive activist and actress best known for playing Miranda on HBO's "Sex and the City", announced Monday that she would challenge New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary.
The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner was among the star-studded cast of actors, entertainers and activists who came together for "the People's State of the Union" in January, an alternative event to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union speech.
Ahead of the presumed announcement, Cuomo has touted the endorsement of powerful Democratic leaders, which includes having held a fundraiser with former presidential candidate Al Gore. Cuomo leads Nixon by large margins in every demographic category, including among New York City residents. Half the kids in upstate cities live below the poverty line.
She goes on to say that New York's leaders are letting down the city's residents, pointing out problems with healthcare and the NY subway line.
Nixon talks about being raised in New York as she takes her child to school, rides the New York City subway and walks the city streets. Her bid comes as the Democratic Party looks to reconcile divides among its liberal and more moderate wings, a breach that has its roots in the 2016 election. "I was given chances I just don't see for most of New York's kids these days".
She reportedly has three children and is openly gay.
Nixon platform on her campaign website seems to focus on progressive concerns of income inequality, health care availability, concerns about mass incarceration, and in a nod to attracting downstate voters "fixing our broken subway". However, given his close connections to Nixon, de Blasio is unlikely to support Cuomo this time.
It's a strategy that has had success against Cuomo in the past - almost unknown liberal activist and law professor Zephyr Teachout garnered a surprising 34 percent of the vote in the 2014 Democratic primary.
In that race four years ago, Cuomo refused to debate Teachout. "Join us", the Democrat tweeted with a two-minute video.
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NY gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Governor of NY. "I've never lived anywhere else", Nixon began.
The page stipulates that Nixon "won't be accepting any corporate contributions" and that "instead our campaign will be powered by the people". John DeFrancisco and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro - are seeking the GOP nomination to run against Cuomo in the general election.
"That gives her something to move on".
How very Miranda of her!
There's also the fact that Nixon is decidedly anti-Trump.
"I'm not nervous about whoever runs", he told reporters in Manhattan.
Cuomo, a Democrat, has been in office since 2011 and has said he wants to seek a third term.
In a video announcement, the actress states: "I love NY".
A Siena poll released Monday put Cuomo as a 66 to 19 percent favorite over Nixon.