Cynthia Nixon announced this week that she would be challenging incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York, and she’s wasting no time telling the public what she really thinks of her competition.
On Friday, Glamour published an interview with the 51-year-old Sex and the City star-turned politician, and Nixon pulled no punches when speaking about Cuomo and what he has done (and not done) as Governor of New York.
Explaining why she decided to run, the star said: ‘Because we so badly need someone to run against Andrew Cuomo. To show who he is. And to show everything that’s been lacking here in the last eight years and everything New York could be in opposition to Donald Trump.’
Not sugar-coating it: Cynthia Nixon had plenty of criticism for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week
In a new interview, she blasted Cuomo and enumerated his shortcomings
Nixon’s wife, Christine Marinoni, works in the city’s Department of Education. In 2013, the couple campaigned hard for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. Nixon was on stage for his swearing-in and the two are considered to be friends.
But de Blasio is also considered a ‘nemesis’ of Governor Cuomo, and Nixon has been a longtime critic.
Speaking to Glamour, she didn’t hold back her lack of faith in the Governor.
‘The blunt truth is that Andrew Cuomo has a [nearly] $31 million war chest, and he is famously vengeful. It is almost impossible for anybody who is in Democratic politics to run against him.… I think somebody who is supposed to have the public interest, but rules through fear, is exactly the person you have to go up against.
‘Bullies have to be confronted,’ she said.
The 51-year-old announced on Monday that she would be challenging him in the Democratic primary in September
Nixon is a supporter of Cuomo ‘nemesis’ Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York
Her wife, Christine Marinoni, works for New York City’s Department of Education and the pair campaigned for de Blasio
She acknowledged how unusual it is for someone to run against an incumbent from his or her own party, but said the the ‘anger and hunger’ in New York made it clear to her that a change was needed.
When she announced her candidacy, she said, ‘People were saying, “You’ve got to get him out of there. He’s a crook. He makes Chris Christie look like a choir boy.” And so Andrew Cuomo has big name recognition and he has big money, but in terms of loyalty of the person on the street, I think it’s pretty small.’
While one of the most common criticisms of Nixon’s bid for Governor is that she is a celebrity, the star pointed out that Cuomo was well-known before he took on the role, too.
She called him a ‘celebrity politician,’ noting that he is the son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, who served from 1983 to 1994.
‘He is in a political celebrity family, and I am in a theatrical celebrity family. He was also a celebrity when he ran,’ she said. ‘But I don’t know. To me, celebrity seems like a distraction.
Nixon said she ran to ‘show everything that’s been lacking here in the last eight years and everything New York could be in opposition to Donald Trump’ (pictured at the 2004 Emmy’s)
She acknowledged being a ‘theatrical celebrity’ but said Cuomo is a ‘political celebrity’
Nixon has already spoke about fixing the notoriously bad New York City subways — which encountered a problem this week while transporting her to a meeting about subways
Nixon also addressed some of the issues she’d most like to tackle if she won, including protecting undocumented people, fixing the subways, improving the lack of affordable housing, and taking care of the ‘tyranny’ of landlords.
She talked about poverty in New York, saying that the ‘entire state has been negatively impacted by Andrew Cuomo’s massive budget cuts to corporations and the wealthy’.
And, she added, a lot of the issues with poverty are tied to race.
‘I think we only have to look at the election of Donald Trump to see that we are so clearly not living in a post-racial society,’ she said. ‘Maybe even less than we thought we were.
‘When things like Donald Trump happen — and frankly, when things like Andrew Cuomo and his massive disinvestment in our state happen — [African-Americans] are the hardest hit. And they’re the first hit.’
Nixon also accused Cuomo of being out of touch, saying that his team wasn’t bothered about details. As an example, she noted that after Trump was elected, Cuomo’s website still read ‘Make New York great again’ — a catchphrase similar to MAGA, despite the state voting overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.
Nixon also addressed some of the issues she’d most like to tackle if she won, including protecting undocumented people, improving the lack of affordable housing, and taking care of the ‘tyranny’ of landlords
I couldn’t help but wonder… Twitter users had plenty to say about her decision to run
Not a Charlotte fan… This fan came up with positions for three out of the four main SATC characters
Plot: This possible SATC3 storyline seems to deviate a bit from the original plot
Truth: Several people have pointed out that Nixon has a lot in common with her character
Not a crook: She’s quite different than the other famous Nixon in politics
As much as Nixon has a lot to say about Cuomo, New Yorkers had plenty to say about her gubernatorial bid when it was announced this week, with public reaction ranging from enthusiastic to skeptical to downright dismissive.
And some of the reactions were pretty funny. Witty Twitter users came out in full force to make jokes about the Sex and the City star’s campaign — and the wise cracks are sure to be just beginning.
Naturally, quite a few people purposefully mixed Cynthia up with her SATC character, lawyer Miranda Hobbes.
‘Cynthia Nixon running for governor is the best ‘Sex and the City 3′ storyline yet,’ quipped one fan. ‘That’s such a Miranda thing to do,’ noted another.’
Vice politics writer Eve Peyser even came up with positions for each of those show’s stars in government — with one exception.
Copycat: Several people mimicked the style of Carrie’s columns to talk about the development
Go-getter: On the show, Miranda is a lawyer — so it wouldn’t be outrageous for her to run for public office
High-brow: This particular faux-column excerpt doesn’t seem to fit with what Carrie typically writes about
Puntastic: This fan came up with an incredibly clever pun for the situation
Here for it: Several made jokes about lesbians running things (though Nixon is actually bisexual)
Bright idea: Many were already planning things she could do in office
‘Miranda for president, Carrie for poet laureate, Samantha for press secretary, Charlotte for NOTHING AT ALL,’ she wrote.
Several took on the show’s language, mimicking what Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie would write in her column.
‘Later that night I got to thinking, was Miranda right? Was running for governor the new brunch?’ wrote one.
‘I couldn’t help but wonder… could Miranda fix the subway? Or was it me that needed fixing?’ wrote Verge reporter Dami Lee.
‘She was fed up with New York’s education system and women being pushed to the periphery by a political apparatus that dismissed them as convenient votes with inconvenient opinions,’ wrote Charlotte Clymer of Hillary Clinton’s communications team.
‘And as I sat there, I wondered: was Cynthia Nixon playing Miranda or was Miranda there all along?’
Kicking things off: The star is pictured arriving at a campaign stop to announce she is running for Governor of New York in Brooklyn on March 20
Not a fan: This man joked that he would likely not vote for her for a very telling reason
The actor!? Some fans had responses for those who take issue with an actor running
Hypocrites: Some joked about critics of Nixon’s decision
You tell ’em! This writer seems to feel vindicated for identifying as a Miranda
What’s her stance? Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall’s feuds is one of the great divides of our time
One fan, Run for Something’s Amanda Litman, clapped back at Miranda haters with the tweet: ‘What a delight today is for every woman who’s ever been called a “Miranda” as an insult.’
Other fans found different creative ways to reference the beloved HBO show — including Time reporter Charlotte Alter, who quipped that understanding a tricky relationship on the show should be a litmus test for sharing political opinions.
”If you can’t give me a rundown of exactly why Miranda broke up with Steve then please spare me your uninformed political opinions okay?’ she wrote. ‘I only have time for professionals who actually know what they’re talking about.’
Writer Ira Madison III even ventured a funny question that a reporter might ask Nixon in a press conference.
‘Cynthia Nixon, what is your position on the recent dissolution of the Cattrall-Parker Accord of 1998?’ he wrote, referencing the ongoing feud between SJP and Kim Cattrall.
Dun dun dun… Even the cheesier jokes earned plenty of appreciation
Props: This fan points to evidence that the star can run the state
Serious issues: It’s likely that Sex and the City will come up a lot during the race
Something to say: Actress Laura Marano weighed in on the news as well
Hold up: This woman pointed out the wildly different reactions to Oprah and Nixon
One particularly punny fan wrote. ‘Too bad Cynthia Nixon isn’t running for police commissioner because she’d be great at reading people their [lowers designer shades] Miranda Rights.’
There were also several people whose funny reactions had nothing at all to do with Sex and the City, but the fact that Nixon is bisexual. (Several have incorrectly labeled her a lesbian; she identifies as bisexual but is married to a woman.)
‘I say we let the lesbians run/fix everything, a Militia Etheridge, if you will,’ wrote one.
‘Cynthia Nixon is running for governor,’ wrote another. ‘Naturally, you may want to question what experience she really has in governing. As a gay man I can assure you that all lesbians are qualified to do literally every job. They are the most prepared humans on the planet.’