“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon has officially announced her run for governor of New York. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic primary later this year, according to reports.
In a video posted on her official Twitter and Instagram, Nixon shared the vision for her candidacy. “I love New York, I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. But something has to change,” the 51-year-old actress and progressive activist said in the two-minute ad. “We want our government to work again—on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.” In addition to advocating for educational equity for nearly two decades, Nixon has also fought for LGBT equality and women’s reproductive rights, according to her website.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
Nixon has been rumored to run for New York governor since August after The Wall Street Journal reported that it was likely Cuomo would face “a primary hurdle” due to several possible Democratic contenders. NY1 said she was rumored to run earlier this month, though nothing had been confirmed until Nixon shared her official announcement. On Monday, a Sienna College poll showed Cuomo leading Nixon by 66 percent to 19 percent.
In her Instagram post, Nixon called for support, writing, “We can take on the corruption and dysfunction in Albany and fix these problems ourselves. Will you join me?”
See how social media reacted to Nixon running for New York governor below:
Social Media Reacts to Cynthia Nixon Running for New York Governor
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 19, 2018
I believe in you. https://t.co/FuJWYaUQDi
— Ms.Williams (@harleysurfer) March 19, 2018
I love this video. I feels really different from other announcement videos. Instead of upbeat and optimistic, it's somber and urgent. Full of purpose. At this important time, I love a candidate who's serious and knows the real fight ahead. https://t.co/o1hPzY8yS3
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) March 19, 2018
Miranda was woke before any of us this Is very excellent https://t.co/IzmmNu59mz
— Phoebe Tonkin (@1PhoebeJTonkin) March 19, 2018
Samantha: I don't believe in the Republican party or the Democratic party. I just believe in parties.
— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) March 19, 2018
Me: Celebrities running for political office should be approached with healthy skepticism, and held to high standards
Also me: MIRANDA'S GONNA FIX THE MTA https://t.co/8Qnko2XR4I
— Kate Aronoff (@KateAronoff) March 19, 2018
Look Cynthia Nixon is cool and all but is it weird that I actually want a governor who, I dunno, has worked in government before?
— Lux Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) March 19, 2018
No. More. Celebrities. In. Politics. Without. A. Foundation. Of. Local. Elected. Experience.
Run for NYC city council. Learn how things work. Show that you can be accountable to the public.
Using your name to rise above your experience & education is what Trump did. https://t.co/tYVvoitS5N
— Mx. Amadi (@amaditalks) March 19, 2018
I'll just say this about Cynthia Nixon for anyone who is skeptical about celebrities jumping into politics – Cynthia has been more of a tireless and truly progressive organizer than many people I know who are actually paid to BE that.
— Greg Basta (@GregTBasta) March 19, 2018
I’m not a New Yorker, but I am a neighbor. People should at least be open to hear what Cynthia Nixon has to say before immediately attacking and condemning her. Granted, she has no political experience to be Governor, but she’s an intelligent, great human being. Hear her out.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 19, 2018
gotta say her positions including "Not Being Andrew Cuomo" and "Being a Different Person Than Andrew Cuomo" are very fascinating to me, a voter https://t.co/65CBm9RoOx
— matt lubchansky (@Lubchansky) March 19, 2018
WOW. WOW. WOW. https://t.co/A5qFnCBnbU
— ElizabethCMcLaughlin (@ECMcLaughlin) March 19, 2018
"Go get our girl*."
*New York State https://t.co/C9bcBRvRbX
— Alex Bedder (@itgetsbedder) March 19, 2018
— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) March 19, 2018
I say this sincerely: She has my vote.https://t.co/bKihtRtpwQ
— Caden Mark Gardner (@cadenmgardner) March 19, 2018
Yesss Cynthia Nixon…I mean, I feel this officially means Sex and the City 3 isn’t happening, but yessss Cynthia
— Laura Marano (@lauramarano) March 19, 2018
[moves back to new york] https://t.co/xH17d4LHgc
— hari nef (@harinef) March 19, 2018
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