Liberal CNN Contributor: Cuomo's Democratic Challenger Is an 'Unqualified Lesbian'

Tonya Becker
March 21, 2018

A Siena College poll released Monday showed Cuomo leading her by 66 percent to 19 percent among registered Democrats, and by a similar margin among self-identified liberals. "I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record", Quinn concluded.

Christine Quinn, former New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate, who has been a special advisor to Cuomo, and who is vice Chair of the State Democratic Party, called Nixon an "unqualified lesbian".

Quinn, later, in a series of tweets, attempted to clarify her remarks, saying "Cynthia Nixon's identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did". "But... being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office".

"Our endorsement in the Governor's race will be determined by our state committee, which is comprised of 232 labor, community and grassroots activists from across New York State", said New York WFP director Bill Lipton.


"Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City", Quinn said. "Being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office", Quinn said.

"She's also been an active activist, but there's a big difference from running the state of NY and speaking at a rally", she said.

"My point was never to say her sexual orientation - or anybodys - is a negative when they're running for office", said Quinn, who like Nixon is a lesbian.

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This is the Emmy-winning actress' first public event since announcing that she is running for Governor of NY. She cited a former Cuomo top aide, Joseph Percoco, who was convicted this month on federal bribery and fraud charges. "But she's never run an organization".


"She's an accomplished actress, a supporter of political causes and that's a good thing".

Speaking to the New York Post, she said she was "surprised" by Nixon's announcement that she was embarking on a primary challenge to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo. "This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership". It's time for an outsider. "She wants to emphasize women's issues by using her feminine name".

Nixon didn't seem all too bothered by Quinn's comments, however.

She has blasted Mike Pence as the "poster boy for anti-LGBT rhetoric, legislation and conversion therapy", calling on LGBT people to reject his agenda.


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