Cuomo, making a joke, compares potential rival Cynthia Nixon to Vladimir Putin

Actor Cynthia Nixon laying groundwork in run for governor
Is Cynthia Nixon Running For Governor Of New York? Reports Claims 'Sex & The City' Star Will Announce Soon

08 March, 2018

Above, Nixon at an HRC gala in NY in early February.

She's apparently forming a campaign staff, including "two former operatives" of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio - Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers.

Nixon is reportedly considering a run for governor of NY, challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, NY1 television said on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.

Ms. Nixon, best known for her role in the "Sex and the City" franchise, would also be New York's first female and openly gay governor, if elected.

NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink will have more on the story at noon on NY1.

"Normally, name recognition is relevant when it has some connection to the endeavor", said Cuomo.

Nixon has previously said "maybe" when asked if she's running.

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Polls show he remains popular among the broader Democratic electorate in NY but he is deeply disliked by an impassioned cohort of liberal activists.

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", her publicist told The Times.

Aside from Nixon, former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is also considering a challenge to Cuomo in the Democratic primary. "He was able to expose, and then exploit, in a sickening way how desperate working people are and how little the Democratic Party is paying attention to them, because no different than the Republican Party, it has been focused for too long, and too intently, on the big money interests that fund its campaigns".

Cynthia has said in the past, publicly, that she would considering a run.

"You can't let these things bother you".

"Taking our country back is going to require all of us to step up and take action - including more women, people of color, queer people, and first-generation Americans running for office", actress Cynthia Nixon tweeted in late January. 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.

According to USA Today, Nixon and two other Democrats are considering facing Cuomo, who is vying for a third term in November, and is a likely 2020 presidential candidate.

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