While Quinn lashed out against Nixon's bid for governor, Nixon is on the record saying that while she didn't support Quinn's run for mayor, she had nothing against her. Quinn (also an out lesbian) and Nixon worked together on same sex marriage rights leading up to the 2012 mayoral election where Nixon shocked Quinn by endorsing Bill de Blasio. It also made note of the state's role in operating New York City's antiquated and much maligned subway system. She'll be challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nixon announced her candidacy Monday.
In a taste of what could prove to be a bitter and personal campaign, Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the city council who backs Mr. Cuomo, described Ms. Nixon on Tuesday an "unqualified lesbian" who was engaging in a "flight of fancy".
"But she's never run an organization", she continues.
Nixon campaigned heavily for de Blasio in 2013. If successful, Nixon will become the first female and first openly gay NY governor. Ms. Nixon has used "her celebrity to elevate the voices of black and brown parents", said Ms. Ansari, while Mr. Cuomo "has been screwing over our kids".
More recently, she has been delving into issues of keen interest to New York City, the main blue stronghold in a state where suburban and rural towns upstate tend to run red.
The celebrity turned politician did not hold back as she blamed Cuomo for much of what is ailing her hometown NY.
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However, she did not retract her assessment of the actress as unqualified.
'We are exhausted of fake corporate Democrats who won't lift a finger unless their donors say it's okay, ' Ms. Nixon said at her campaign kickoff. She wrote, "To be clear, Cynthia Nixon's identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. You may argue against her positions, but if you've voted for Trump, Schwarzenegger, or Reagan, claiming she's just 'an entertainer with no political experience" translates to 'She's a woman'.
UPDATED 5:29 p.m. E.T.: Christine Quinn has issued a statement apologizing for her remarks against Cynthia Nixon. I too want to scream every time I ride the MTA. He also noted that it's hard for first-time candidates to gain name recognition in the state, even if they are celebrities.
Quinn did clarify on Twitter that she wasn't attacking Nixon for being a lesbian: "I would never, ever criticize someone due to their identity", she noted. "Participating in rallies is important". And that's why, until I see enough evidence that Cynthia Nixon can be an effective leader to change my mind, I'm not with her. It said the governor was a "centrist and Albany insider", mentioning the state capital, and referred to the legal troubles of a number of his aides.