Cynthia Nixon Considers Running for New York Governor Against Andrew Cuomo

Actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon. Mike Coppola  Getty Images for IFP

Actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon. Mike Coppola Getty Images for IFP

Cynthia Nixon could be about to launch her bid to be the next Governor of NY.

After months of considering a primary challenge to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, she has now consulted with strategists Bill Hyers and Rebecca Katz, according to reports.

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

A spokesman for the governor said Cuomo was just trying to have a bit of fun, and is not linking Nixon to the Russian leader.

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

Cuomo was asked on a conference call about the possibility of Mayor deBlasio being behind Nixon's potential run. The governor and New York City mayor, both Democrats, have had a long running rivalry.

"Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously", Nixon publicist Rebecca Capellan said in a statement. "If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public". If she did, the five-time Golden Globe nominee would challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic primary this coming September. "Otherwise you won't last long".

Ms. Nixon, a spokeswoman for the union-backed Alliance for Quality Education for years, joined Twitter in December and has quickly amassed 25,000 followers while sending only 41 tweets, a lot of them about politics.

Mr. Cuomo was first elected governor in 2010 and is running for a third term.

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

"I think it was probably either the Mayor of NY or Vladimir Putin", Cuomo said with a chuckle.

"Given the current state of the union, taking our country back is going to require all of us everyday people to step up and take action - whether by protesting anti-immigrant policies, organizing for women's rights, refusing to give polluters our business, demonstrating against police violence, or even taking the leap to run for office ourselves", she wrote. He won 62 percent of the vote against Zephyr's 34 percent of vote.

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