Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced Monday she’s throwing her hat in the ring for New York governor, taking on the powerful Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
It sets up an intriguing September Democratic primary race pitting an actor and liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30 million war chest and possible presidential ambitions.
“We want our government to work again. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway,” Nixon said in a video announcing her candidacy. “We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.”
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
Nixon had hinted at a run for months.
Her campaign website said Nixon would not accept any corporate contributions and would limit contributions from any individual or organization to $65,100 for the election cycle.
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. Nixon did a little better among younger and upstate Democrats, but didn’t have more than a quarter of either group.
The poll of 772 registered voters was conducted March 11-16. The margin of error is plus-minus 4 percentage points.
Nixon has in recent months given speeches and interviews calling on Democrats nationally to run “bluer” in 2018 and carve out a strong, progressive liberal identity rather than being merely “the anti-Trump party.”
“It could be a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party in some sense,” Baruch College political scientist Douglas Muzzio told The Associated Press.
Nixon, a 51-year-old Manhattan mother of three, is a longtime advocate for fairness in public school funding and fervent supporter of Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has frequently clashed with Cuomo on a range of issues. Her video showed her with her young son Max as she talks about being a proud public school parent.
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SOURCE: Fox News