Sex And The City fans, hold onto your cosmos! Rumors are swirling in New York State today that actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is rallying to throw her hat into the ring and run for Governor of New York State against incumbent Mario Cuomo in this year’s midterm elections.
In a statement to NY1, Rebecca Sides Capellan, Nixon’s 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.”
While team Nixon isn’t confirming or denying, rumors have been swirling for months that the star would be challenging Cuomo. Last August, Nixon made an appearance on TODAY, where she told the hosts that the idea wasn’t totally out of left-field, and that she was getting some encouragement from people based on her understanding of the state’s educational system.
“I think there are a lot of people who would like me to run and I think for a variety of reasons, but I think the number one is education,” the 51-year-old said to the show’s hosts. “That gap now between our richest schools and our poorest schools is wider under Governor Cuomo than it ever has been before, and that’s got to stop.”
Last year, Nixon wrote an op-ed for USA Today in which she said she was fearful for the state of education across the US in the hands of current Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, combined with what she considers to have been Governor Cuomo’s inadequate attempts at resolving the funding deficits she sees in New York.
“As a public school parent, I am fearful about what our new US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has in store for our nation’s public schools,” she wrote. ” But equally frightening is how much Betsy DeVos and Andrew Cuomo’s policies echo each other.”
NY1 also reported that the star has hired veteran campaigners Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, both of whom worked on Bill de Blasio’s winning mayoral campaign in 2013, which makes the rumors seem all the more plausible.
Reached for comment, sitting Governor Cuomo told reporters, “on people who may not — 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.”
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