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Actress Cynthia Nixon Hits Ground Running With Campaign Event In Brooklyn

March 20, 2018 - 12:41 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Cynthia Nixon held her first campaign event Tuesday, a day after announcing she will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary in December.

She appeared in Brownsville, Brooklyn and said she wanted to get across her vision for New York state and talk about greed and corruption in Albany.

Nixon arrived in Brooklyn by subway, digging the governor for how long it took.

"I allowed an hour-and-a-half for what should have been a 30 minute ride," she said, "Cuomo's MTA."

From there it was onto her progressive agenda for better schools, tenants rights, and economic inequality.

"Andrew Cuomo has given massive tax breaks to corporations and the super rich while he has decimated our infrastructure and starved our state," she said.

The 'Sex And The City' star announced her candidacy on Monday.

Her announcement set up a race pitting an openly gay 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.''

Cuomo’s campaign released a statement after Nixon’s announcement: "It’s great that we live in a democracy where anyone can run for office. Governor Cuomo has delivered more real progressive wins than any other Democrat in the country, including passing marriage equality, the strongest gun safety law in the nation, a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition, paid family leave, record setting funding for public education, expanding and protecting healthcare for our most vulnerable, and banning fracking. We look forward to building on that record as we continue to fight and deliver for New York families statewide.”
 
Nixon has her work cut out for her. 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.

"Normally name recognition is relevant when it has some connection to the endeavor,'' Cuomo told reporters earlier this month. "If it was just about name recognition, then I'm hoping that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Billy Joel don't get into the race.''
 
While Nixon has strong political connections and name recognition in the city that was the backdrop for her Emmy Award-winning role as lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the HBO comedy "Sex and the City,'' her star power among upstate voters is less certain.
 
Jefrey Pollock, pollster and political adviser to Cuomo and other prominent Democrats, said that celebrity isn't likely to trump governing experience in the voting booth.
 
"Over and over in our research, Democratic primary voters say they're not looking for an outsider because they look to Washington, D.C., and see what the outsider has meant to this country,'' Pollock said.
 
Nixon won't be the only celebrity candidate on the New York ballot. Former "Law and Order: SVU'' actress Diane Neal is running for Congress as an independent in a Hudson Valley district. 
 
The first task for Nixon, Muzzio said, is to launch a listening and talking tour.
 
"She can't be the celebrity glamour girl,'' he said. "She's got to get out there and get exposure upstate.''