Maybe Cynthia Nixon is just as sick of the MTA troubles as the rest of New York City.
In any case, the actress and life-long New Yorker is throwing her hat in the ring for the New York Governor’s race. She will face-off against the Democratic incumbent, Andrew Cuomo, among other gubernatorial hopefuls in the primary.
Nixon’s wife resigned from her government job last week.
The tweet announcing her run directed supporters to a donation site for her campaign.
She goes on to say that the opportunities she had growing up are no longer there. “We are now the most unequal state in the entire country,” she says, laying the fault with New York’s leadership. Archive footage shows Nixon giving passionate speeches. “It can’t be business as usual,” she says in one clip.
Cuomo, on the other hand, has much deeper pockets and resources already in place. He’s held the state’s governor seat since 2011. The New York Times wrote about the governor’s newfound energy to participate in demonstrations and push for gun control. He’s already started to trash talk his new opponent, belittling Nixon as just a “stalking horse” for Mayor Bill de Blasio.
As Charlotte Alter pointed out, plenty of men have made the leap from celebrity fame and Hollywood to politics, including Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Donald Trump.
Will Nixon’s candidacy break the glass ceiling for popular women?
There were cheers for Oprah to run, but the media mogul turned down the idea. The painful sexist lines hurled at Hillary Clinton and her supporters during the 2016 campaign are still fresh in my mind but maybe Nixon’s run is a sign that the times are changing.
Maybe it means that business as usual doesn’t keep you out of office anymore.