Cynthia Nixon Is Laying the Groundwork to Run For New York Governor

Actress Cynthia Nixon speaks during the

Cynthia, who has been active in NY politics for years, has been studying other policy areas, besides education which has become her focus.

In statement, the spokesperson said, "Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it".

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", she added", according to The New York Times.

Rumors of Nixon's interest in running for office have swirled for a year. She's spoken out frequently about NY state and city issues, praising Mayor de Blasio.

In August 2017, Nixon joined the Today show and declared, "There are a lot of people who would like me to run".

"We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says 'other, ' less than, ' 'easy target if you're looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonise, beat up, even kill".

If Nixon were elected, not only would she be New York's first female governor, but also its first gay one.

Nixon, an education activist, is a de Blasio ally and would be seen as testing Cuomo from the political left.

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

De Blasio's office didn't immediately comment. Ms. Nixon was a regular presence on the campaign trail for Blasio in 2013, and Ms. Nixon's wife, Christine Marinoni, works in the de Blasio administration.

Hyers and Katz, like Nixon herself, represent the more progressive wing of the Democratic faction, while Cuomo enjoys supports primarily from more moderate members of the party.

Asked on Tuesday about a possible challenge from Nixon, Cuomo told reporters on a conference call, "On people who may or may not run for governor on both sides of the aisle, that's up to them and we'll deal with it as the campaign progresses".

Former Hudson Valley state Sen. Four years ago, Zephyr Teachout, a virtually unknown challenger when she launched her long-shot bid against him, secured 34 percent of the primary vote.

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