While the rest of her Sex and the City cast mates were busy beefing on Instagram, Cynthia Nixon was quietly gearing up to run for governor of New York—and on Monday, she made her bid for the state's highest office official.
Nixon, who played the divisive Miranda Hobbes on SATC, announced her candidacy in a video on Twitter. In the clip, she stalks the streets of New York City kind of like Carrie Bradshaw in the show's opening—only instead of that groovy samba beat, she makes her way through Manhattan to the tune of an inspiring monologue about ending inequality, improving public education, and fixing the city's failing subway system.
“Our leaders are letting us down,” she says in the two-minute spot. "We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”
Nixon, a lifelong New Yorker, has been a progressive activist for years. She's made a name for herself campaigning for LGBTQ rights, calling for more funding for New York's public schools, and drumming up support for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio—who's been butting heads with current New York governor Andrew Cuomo basically forever.
According to the New York Times, Nixon has been publicly toying with the idea of taking Cuomo on for months, and rumors that she'd enter the ring heated up when she started working with two former de Blasio strategists in early March. Somehow there's already a poll weighing how Nixon might do against Cuomo—and while her prospects don't look great, it's only been, you know, a few hours since she even announced she was running.
Cuomo is a popular incumbent with serious money, but there's a faction of far-left New Yorkers who want to see him out of office, the Times reports. And if he keeps on letting NYC's public transit system degenerate into a trash heap, people might be pissed off enough to vote for somebody who's vowed to fix it—especially considering she actually rides the damn thing.
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