Cynthia Nixon Explores Possible Run Against Andrew Cuomo

Tonya Becker
March 8, 2018

Nixon has been working with two consultants with Mayor de Blasio's political team - Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, the station reported.

She became a household name while playing high-powered lawyer Miranda, the most ambitious character in HBO's hit series Sex and the City.

"Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it", Nixon's publicist, Rebecca Capellan, said in a statement.

During a conference call with reporters about storm preparations, the governor was asked if he thinks Mayor de Blasio is behind Nixon's possible run for governor. NY1 first reported Nixon has been consulting with Democratic strategists who are aligned with the party's left flank and are former de Blasio advisers.

"I think it was probably either the Mayor of NY or Vladimir Putin", Cuomo said with a chuckle. Cynthia has said in the past, publicly, that she would considering a run. De Blasio is one of Cynthia's good friends. Nixon, a mother of three, has been married to education activist Christine Marinoni since 2012.

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.

On Tuesday, Cuomo sounded unmoved by Nixon's potential candidacy.

Polls show he remains popular among the broader Democratic electorate in NY but he is deeply disliked by an impassioned cohort of liberal activists.

"In this business you can't let these things bother you, otherwise you won't last long", Cuomo said.

"Normally name recognition is relevant when it has some connection to the endeavor", said the Governor, who said if it's just about name recognition, he hopes Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie or Billy Joel do not get into the race.

Nixon has been very vocal about the importance of women and people of color running for office.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is contemplating a primary challenge to the Democratic governor, while former Hudson Valley Sen.

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