Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is seriously thinking about challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in an upcoming primary. The actress has been talking with campaign officials about raising money in what would be her first step into the wide world of politics. Will Nixon become a serious contender in the weeks to come?
According to NY Post, Nixon has enlisted the help of two campaign aides that worked for Mayor Bill de Blasio in his 2013 run for City Hall. The Sex and the City star has been in talks with Bill Ayers and Rebecca Katz about laying groundwork for a possible campaign to challenge the sitting governor.
Nixon’s link with Mayor de Blasio will likely create a lot of tension within the Democratic party, especially between the de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo.
1) These two clips are really worth watching. Looks like Cynthia Nixon has decided to join the revolution. pic.twitter.com/GW3LvzGnxZ
— Shant Mesrobian (@ShantMM) March 7, 2018
An insider claims that de Blasio’s involvement with Nixon is a reflection of his dislike for the governor. In response to the reports, Eric Phillips, a spokesman for de Blasio, assured the public that the mayor has nothing to do with Nixon’s early campaign work.
That said, de Blasio and Cuomo have been fighting each other over key issues in the city, including the decaying conditions of New York’s jails and subways and funding the local housing authority.
As far as Nixon is concerned, she has been teasing fans about a political run for months. It isn’t clear if Nixon is serious about challenging the governor in the primaries, but her talks with Katz and Ayers is a sign that she’s thinking about a career in politics.
Nixon’s spokeswoman, Rebecca Capellan, refused to reveal her clients plans regarding the upcoming primary, but she did reveal that the actress is exploring her options.
“Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it,” Capellan shared. “If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public.”
If Nixon runs against Cuomo, it could become one of the more interesting primaries in the party. Who wouldn’t like to see a celebrity go head-to-head with a governor who has gained a reputation for aggressive tactics?
And if Nixon actually won, then not only would she become the first female governor of New York, but she’d also be the first openly gay one.
While Nixon is considering throwing her hat into the political ring, she’s also dealing with some Sex and the City drama. Nixon recently shared a photo of herself posing with Sarah Jessica Parker, which some fans took as a sign that she’s taking Parker’s side in her longstanding feud with Kim Cattrall.
Nixon hasn’t commented on the feud — which sucked the life out of a future Sex and the City movie — but there’s a good chance she’s staying neutral.
The election for the next governor of New York will take place in November of 2018.
Cynthia Nixon has not commented on the rumors surrounding her potential political career.