Cynthia Nixon Mulls Bid For New York Governor

The Hill reports:

Actress Cynthia Nixon is being floated as a possible primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in 2018. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the “Sex & The City” star is considering a run against Cuomo, whose policies she has criticized before on The View.

“Basically, Gov. Cuomo is shortchanging the children of New York State,” Nixon said on The View in April. “He is not against public schools but he doesn’t like to pay for them.” Nixon argued that Cuomo “is a little more like Betsy DeVos than we like to think he is.”

Nixon is an Emmy, Grammy, and two-time Tony Award winner, most recently this year for her lead role in The Little Foxes. She married her longtime partner Christine Marinoni in 2012 and has regularly appeared at often-impromptu LGBT rallies and protests in New York City.

  • Lazycrockett

    From what interviews I’ve seen she seems pretty smart and grounded. Im okay with this.

    • Jon Doh

      Well, other than her insisting that being gay is a choice.

      • JCF

        Come on now, she clarified: her orientation, bisexual, was NOT a choice (as no one’s sexual orientation is a choice). Her pursuing a lesbian relationship was.

  • bkmn

    She has a lot more smarts than Kid Rock, but I am still not a big fan of actor-politicians.

    • Mikey

      actor politicians.
      businessman politicians, any better?
      lawyer politicians, any better?
      farmer politicians?
      teacher politicians?

      the job makes no difference. what matters is understanding of the running of a country, and a willingness to work FOR the people.

      Businessmen are ill-suited to it, they think in terms of money=success and in terms of a stratified hierarchy that places absolute power in the hands of a very select few. They in fact see themselves as the bosses, and the people as the employees.

      Lawyers are also ill-suited to politics. They are trained from the beginning to see all transactions, all interactions, as confrontations between two adversarial sides.

      Why couldn’t an intelligent farmer with a good knowledge of the structures of politics and government functions make a good politician? As long as he/she is conscious of the varied makeup of the nation, and that they are elected to represent all constituents, not only those from a rural background like their own.

      A teacher could make an excellent leader (Canada presently has a teacher at its head, and the former leader of the same political party was also a university professor). A solid education seems to be a prerequisite for a leadership capacity in politics.

      And why couldn’t an actor be a good politician? Some actors have Master’s degrees and PhD’s (many more than most people are aware). Their present occupation isn’t the important criteria. Their background and knowledge are the important criteria.

      As long as the American populace seeks a leader who is charismatic and personably appealing, they will have a hit & miss ratio of good politicians and want-to-be autocrats.

      You’re voting for a leader, someone with knowledge, someone who can make difficult decisions, and gauge the relative importance of issues.

      You’re not voting for a best friend.

      “I don’t like Hillary”… not a reason to not vote for her. “Trump seems like a nice guy”… not a reason to vote for him. You don’t have to like their personality. You just have to have confidence in their ability to run a country.

      • Hank

        Take a look, there are currently 15 DOCTORS serving in Congress and ALL but 2 are Rethuglicans. Everyone of them has voted for the repeal of the ACA…. especially Rand Paul in the Senate!!!

        • Mikey

          But that isn’t the point, is it.

          The point is that you can’t just reject a political nominee because of their present occupation.

          If you read my post then you’d have seen: “what matters is understanding of the running of a country, and a willingness to work FOR the people.”

      • Matt G, Rochester

        The founding fathers clearly documented intent was the citizen legislator, although their implementation clearly favored the landed gentry. More important is for people of good character to run. Unfortunately, the money require to run today prohibits ordinary citizens from running.It’s true Justin Trudeau started as a teacher, but he also came from a very political family, he entered politics locally, worked his way up in the party, lead the party to victories, and THEN, became Prime Minister.

        As for Hillary / Bernie, given the choice, I would have preferred someone younger than either of them. Forced to choose one of them, I voted Bernie in the primaries, Hillary in the general. But I knew that a Hillary win would have lead to another four years of Rethug obstruction, “Benghazi, Benghazi”, ” E-mails”, “Vince Foster”, and other BS. I don’t know if Bernie could have won, but Hillary should never have run. She knew her negatives nationally were too high, and she knew the Rethus would never work with her. But, “it’s her turn.” I blame the PARTY, for letting either of them run.

        • PeterC

          But,, but , not many knew the “negatives’ of Trump ???????

    • Hank

      I know… ask Californians about Regan and Da Arnold!!!

      • Palmer

        Plato was very much against actors holding public office because we know how to manipulate feelings, and our need for love and approval dominates our personalities.

  • ElenorRigby

    because why shouldn’t every C-list celebrity with zero political experience run for an office they’re totally unqualified to hold?

    Sure… let’s get Tila Tequila to run for governor of Florida… let’s get Lisa Lohan’s dad to be Senator of California. Why not one of the bit-part players on Vanderpump Rules to be Mayor of Los Angeles? What could go wrong?

    • another_steve

      Well, Donald Trump showed the world that in the United States of America, celebrity status is everything.

      Sad, but that’s the reality.

      • ElenorRigby

        Yes and look at what a mess that is. Republicans own that and it’ll eventually destroy their party. is that REALLY what you want? To have to defend “the third most popular blonde from Sex And The City who’s governor but did a crappy job and now the economy is a mess and the bridges are all falling down?”

        • another_steve

          She deserves to be heard. If there’s substance and know-how there – when it comes to running a hugely complicated and important state, good.

          If not, she needs to be booted off the stage.

          • JDS

            Heard, yes. Running for office, no.

        • barrixines

          I think her character note was that she was a redhead. I still haven’t forgiven her for letting Mat Staver write the gay wedding scene in Sex and the City 2.

          • Paul

            Mat Staver the religious fundamentalist?

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Im a blac chyna supporter myself

      • Lazycrockett

        Rob Forever!!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Kid Rock is running for senator of Michigan, so, not that far-fetched.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        Yeah! /s
        Another Rethug.

    • Palmer

      Hey, my credits are better than Lindsay Logan’s dad’s are. I’m very liberal and can guarantee the college-age stoner vote!

    • jerry

      Well, Tila Tequila couldn’t be a worse governor than Rick (Medicare Fraud) (Batboy) Scott.

      • Paul

        …even though she’s a literal Neo-Nazi?

  • another_steve

    Republicans strategize and win.

    Democrats eat their own.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Cuomo is one Democrat who deserves to be eaten.

      • another_steve

        I’m not familiar with his poll numbers, but I suspect he’s electable and Cynthia Nixon’s not.

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        As a lifelong NY’er I do not get the disdain for Andrew Cuomo. This state was in pretty bad shape when he took over; taxes in NY put us in the top 3 most expensive states to live in, and he has held the line on tax increases. They are not being cut, but at least not raised. For decades everyone in the northeast has known the Tappan Zee Bridge was on the verge of collapse, it’s been replaced on his watch; same thing for LaGuardia and god willing something will happen to Penn Station in the next few years. The object of my ire in NY is Bill DeBlasio, I will vote for whoever is running against Blaz, even Eric if I have to.

        • Matt G, Rochester

          Yes, but the likelihood is that Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse drivers will end up paying for the Tappan-Zee, while the toll on it will remain artificially lower than other Metro NYC and “downstate” bridges. Just like when Paladino “eliminated” the Thruway tolls in downtown Buffalo. They moved to the Grand Island bridges, so Grand Island can pay for downtown maintenance.

  • The_Wretched

    I like her but…qualifications?

    • Gustav2

      She is going for the Lebanese vote.

      • Goodboy

        She’s got my vote.. Not that it counts much living in CA.

  • Boreal

    Need to see her policy positions. Cuomo is not my favorite dem governor but I will vote for him over any repig.

    • metrored

      Nixon has been agitating for NYC public schools since back in her SATC days. I would like to know more about her stances outside of that issue but as a product of a neglected urban school system, I’m happy to give her the benefit of the doubt for the time being.

      • Boreal

        Besides Cuomo needs a primary challenger to hold him responsible.

    • james1200

      He’s a sell-out, like most of the men that run the democratic party in New York. I’d like to see a Cynthia Nixon/Christine Quinn all-female, all-Lesbian ticket rock New York politics.

      https://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2015/11/06/635823654839173720-1528858778_tumblr_m2wxdi2n4T1qb3v76o1_500.gif

      • Boreal

        He may be a sellout but the choice was him or Carl Paladino

      • band

        How about Nixon gets paired with another progressive? Instead of Quinn, who proved during her time heading the city council that she is anything but.

  • Hanwi

    Isn’t she the one that claims she chose to be a gay?

    Edit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2090942/Cynthia-Nixon-Im-gay-choice.html

    • Jon Doh

      I remember when she was on her soapbox back when the right was looking for anything to use against us and she gave them more to vilify us with.

    • Goodboy

      So what. She’s probably bi sexual.

      • barrixines

        Might be a useful clarification point had she ever suggested she were.

        • Goodboy

          With women it’s a bit more fluid. With guys it’s once gay always gay to society.

          • robindaybird

            Are you saying bisexual men don’t exist, or women are capable of choosing sexuality when men can’t? As a bi woman, I say fuck that noise.

          • Goodboy

            Men and women are no different. It’s society’s prejudice is all. No guy would feel comfortable telling the press about how he chose to be gay.

    • another_steve

      Oy vey. This may be a case of the more one knows, the worse it gets.

      From that article:

      “And she sort to explain her position in a fresh interview with the New York Times on Sunday. She said: ‘I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line “I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.”

      ‘And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.”

      • robindaybird

        Cynthia, that’s called Bisexuality.

        • BobSF_94117

          No complicated concepts!!!!

  • edrex

    I’m a Democrat! Who are you?
    Are you – A Democrat – too?…

    How dreary – to be – Governor!
    How public – like a Frog….

    • CB

      It’s all a bog. And not so admiring at that!

  • Ninja0980

    My douchebag Republican state Senator is thinking of running too and if it’s between him and her, she’ll get my vote no question.

  • Adam Stevens

    Also rumored to be running is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I am not liking this celebrity candidate trend.

    • another_steve

      Reality TV is the cause of it. People confuse the preplanned storylines and dialogue with “reality.”

      They think the “winners” on those shows are winners in real life.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      It’s almost as bad as the political dynasty trend.

  • metrored

    Just last week I was ranting about how I’m tired of celebrities running for things but I think I could get behind this. Damnit Miranda! You made me a hypocrite!

  • TKW

    Why is it that actors think they can run for office? Do they see it as just another show? A way to get attention? I love her but stay in Hollywood.

    • danolgb

      She’s lived in NY her whole life. She was actually born in NYC.

    • coram nobis

      Old story — but usually they run in California. And I do mean old, if you start with Helen Gahagan running for U.S. Senate in 1950 — against Richard Nixon.

    • Mikey

      Why is it anyone thinks they can run for office?
      Can you name ONE field that would produce only excellent politicians, since anyone who has taken up acting couldn’t, in your mind?

      Poland had a concert pianist as its head for years.
      Canada has a school teacher.
      Please name some occupations that would provide acceptable civic leaders, in your opinion.

      • Christopher Smith

        And Paderewski was a polyglot with the sort of education and cultural background common in great artists of the past–background which does not exist today and which Cynthia Nixon certainly does not possess. She has no visible qualifications for a position like governor of NY state (acting talent and awards hardly qualify.) If she wants to throw her hat in the ring, Cynthia Nixon needs to run , as MANY posters have said here, for school board, alderman, councilman–anything to get some basic governmental experience. You don’t start learning on the job in one of the highest and most responsible offices there is.

    • Goodboy

      Some like Al Franken have been very successful. I liked Jesse Ventura too. Arnold makes a decent Republican ally too. Just not as Governor again.

      Sunny bono (just because he was married to Cher at one time) and also that dude from the Love Boat made pretty good politicians as well. Lol

      • Jonathan Smith

        some, like dRump have been absolute failures.

        • Goodboy

          Without question.

      • Matt G, Rochester

        Sonny Bono was a Rethug.

    • JDS

      Watch Susan Sarandon try it next.

      • another_steve

        She deserves to have each and every one of her movies boycotted by progressives. She had a hand in Donald Trump’s win.

        “Hollywood actress and activist Susan Sarandon says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be a more dangerous U.S. president than Donald Trump — provided she’s not indicted first.”

        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/3/susan-sarandon-says-hillary-clinton-more-dangerous/

        • Dubito et cogitare

          I lost all respect for Sarandon over her childish pouting during the 2016 election.

        • Todd Allis

          But that would include the Rocky Horror Picture Show…

          • another_steve

            I’m sorry but I’ve made greater entertainment-related sacrifices than that. For example, I refuse to watch any Tom Cruise movies due to his advocacy of the “Church of Scientology” and its programs.

            This despite the fact that I once found Cruise quite adorable.

    • TuuxKabin

      She’s not in Hollywood. Lives in Manhattan. Is from here.

  • nocadrummer
  • CB

    Loved her in “The Little Foxes,” but governance requires a somewhat different skill set. As we’re discovering with drumpf.

  • Jay Mills

    And the Crazy Irresponsible Left is off with another quest for purity! This always ends well.

  • Goodboy

    Be totally cool. She could hire Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrell as advisers. Could be great material for the next movie. Kidding.

  • bdsmjack

    Perhaps she should first run for the School Board?

    • Jonathan Smith

      or dog catcher? ANYTHING?

    • metrored

      There is no school board in New York City to run for. The major and state are in control.

  • barrixines

    Everybody gets shoes! Abu Dhabi-Do!!!

  • Publius

    We should keep actors as politicians to a minimum. Elections to public office are not popularity contests to see who can dance on Ellen or make cute progressive statements. Public office is serious business. We need statesmen, people who know their way around government, who are grounded in basic political philosophy, and who can broker bipartisan deals. She seems like a nice lady, but this is out of her league.

    • Pat

      Amen. And now more than ever with the likes of Kid Rock running.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Samantha for Secretary of Lust!

  • Lazycrockett

    OT but man is Kamala Harris, McMaster and Mueller getting dragged on twitter today.

    • danolgb

      The Bernie-left started attacking Harris a couple weeks ago. There is a Bernie-bro author who publishes on Jared Kushner’s media outlet who has told them not to like her. He wrote no less than three articles on the exact same subject. Yet they can’t figure out they’re being manipulated.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Not just Harris, but Cory Booker and Deval Patrick too. Notice a pattern? Joy Reid noticed it.

        • danolgb

          Yeah.. Cory was attacked directly by Bernie. For the others, he’s letting his surrogates do the dirty work. Just like he let them do with HRC.
          Also, they hate Joy Reid now too. Their preemptive attacks on anyone who might possibly be a challenger to him in 2020 are going to fuck us up in 2018.

          • coram nobis

            Surrogates? Or some kind of false-flag campaign? Disinformatsiya?

          • danolgb

            Bernie got to pretend he wasn’t running a negative campaign because the likes of Susan Sarandon would do it for him.

          • coram nobis

            Embarrassing to say that you’re riding a trojan horse and that you got co-opted.

          • danolgb

            I’m sure your comments make sense in your head, but you should probably work on making them make sense to the people reading them.

          • Pat

            Everyone of them who swears he would have won in a landslide ignores swaths of the country where he would be viewed as a NY communist Jew, plus all the dirt that conveniently never was thrown his way about his past, as he didn’t actually run. He never was a shoe-in, he never was vetted but he remains their mystical unicorn of socialism.

          • robindaybird

            Or the fact he blew off LGBTs, and was immensely unpopular with urban minorities for focusing entirely on issues that mostly affect middle to upperclass whites.

          • robindaybird

            What would they do – given Bernie would be 76 in 2020 if he had dropped dead between now and then?

        • Lazycrockett

          Attacking black politicians isn’t going to win Bernie any urban voters, especially black women who constantly show up and vote.

        • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

          Cory Booker is in the pocket of big pharma.

      • UrsusArctos

        Biting on GOP/RT bait to divide Democrats is stupid. Period. I’d vote for ANY of those 3 before a GOPer.
        Yes, I have my “dream candidates”. I also know they’re not right for winning the presidency right now, if ever. Purity needs to die, but pushing candidates toward your goals is more important than ever.
        Booker is OK, but not without problems. Scratch the surface and he’s just another corporatist Democrat. That’s tolerable in the Senate. More power to him.
        I’d prefer an actual proven progressive driving the party bus. I’m not sure of Harris’ commitment to moving things ahead but I’m watching and listening. So far It’s sounding good.
        From what I see, Patrick is a Clinton type “Blue Dog” Democrat and I hate to see him moving forward.

        • danolgb

          We have to stop painting corporations as being inherently evil. Corporations helped win us our right to marriage. Making “the other” the source of all your problems may get quick votes, but it’s not how you make enduring progress. Blaming corporations for all the ills of the country wasn’t much different than blaming immigrants for them.

          • Matt G, Rochester

            If the Christo-fascists were able to effectively boycott those corporations, they would throw us under the bus in a heartbeat. Corporations, as currently exist, are about making as much money as possible for their boards, management, and stockholders, PERIOD. They have absolutely no moral compass, it is strictly about the money, BY LAW. This is why Pure capitalism is as bad as Pure socialism or Pure Communism. Democratic Socialism, as implemented in Scananavia and much of Europe is the most just, and successful system. For all his faults, that IS what Bernie was promoting.

          • danolgb

            You may have not noticed this, but we’re not one of these smaller homogeneous countries you guys always point to and they’re also not these utopias they’re made out to be.

          • UrsusArctos

            I don’t see corporations as inherently bad. Hell, I’m half of a LLC. The problem has been politicians selling out to the highest corporate bidder for their services (generally done indirectly and legally).
            Corporate interests do need to be considered BUT when they aid the politicians goals, not the other way around. That’s a big lift for far too many “Corporate” politicians.

    • Tiger Quinn

      The Bernie Batallion is not letting up – they are sure that he’s their man and that no one is going to stop them this time. I fucking hate their guts.

  • coram nobis

    She may be well-suited for the job. To steal a line from Tom Lehrer, she knows how to give the public a song and dance.

  • Hank

    Cuomo may not be doing the best of jobs. However, for anyone knowledgeable about the State Houses in Albany, it is the Rethuglicans in the Senate, that continually put the brakes on most things a Dam. Gov. wants to do!!! They STILL block Transgender Civil Rights in Albany!

    • Boreal

      They also blocked the bill to hold child abusers accountable.

      • DonnaLee

        Would end up putting too many of their own behind bars from it.

    • Pat

      They’re why we don’t have early voting. Well them, and the coalition of DINOs upstate.

      • TuuxKabin

        Early voting here is 6AM on election day.

        • Pat

          I’m sorry, that was confusing on my part. I meant voting before election day by absentee ballot. We’re only one of 7 states where you can’t vote before election day and that’s due to upstate efforts which amount to suppressing the vote by not making voting easier.

          • TuuxKabin

            No. Not at all. I should have placed the /s.

            I was sarcastically agreeing with you. We’re not a very progressive state on that front. But healthcare we’ve got some of the most progressive programs. And when you move in to NYS you become eligible.

          • Pat

            Lol. I see what you mean: “We open at 6, what the hell more do you want?” Eric Schneiderman has been tweeting a lot about voter registration and voting. I’m kind of hoping that early voting gets some traction. Those 2018 midterms mean a lot, not just nationally but locally too.Some of those R’s upstate need to be dislodged.

            I am profoundly grateful every day that I live in a state that is this progressive about healthcare. Does that make me a coastal elite? 😉

          • TuuxKabin

            You and me both. Plus I am on el HubCap’s NYS Healthcare Plan. Medicare primary, his retirement plan secondary. Very low co-pay. I subscribe to POLITICO’s daily HealthCare update mailing. Very informative about state wide healthcare and always a daily bit of advice or ‘don’t do that,’ or ‘do this.’

            Nah, coastal elite? Is it our fault we’re where we are and have voted in representatives who have helped create the safety net we’re fortunate to help break any fall we may take? Don’t think so.

            Are you downstate or upstate? Inbetweenies? We’re in NYC, el HubCap, one of those cute Irish boys from the Bronx.

          • Pat

            Queens born and bred but right over the border now in Nassau County, and fortunately a Dem district, too.

            Yep, this coastal elite had to get up at 5 to haul butt on the Grand Central Pkwy every day, watching road rage people throw coffee cups out of their windows at other cars. And if that’s not enough elitism, for a couple of years I drove a car with a rust hole right over the driver’s seat ensuring a damp ride, too.

            That’s for the heads up about the Politico mailing! I’m going to sign up. Good information there.

            Those cute Bronx Irish boys bring it every time! 😉

          • TuuxKabin

            Forty years, securely located UWS, near Columbia, Barnyard and Jewish Theological, big blue bubble overhead. Sense of false security, but, here we are.

            Yeah, that POLITICO connection comes in handy, and the TIPS can be entertaining as well as informative. Had years in long term care/geriatric setting, medical clinic/records, trying to find humor in terminology was not easy. ETKTM was a favorite slang = every test known to man, and it was cool dropping slang with staff, our own language among us.

            Googled your avatar, spoof on Hello Kitty, sure.

            Good weekend to you. Cool showers and thunder rumbling here. Pleasant.

          • Pat

            Lol, Barnyard, but nice to be surrounded by institutes of higher learning, a reminder that these days of crass ignorance can’t last forever.

            Good weekend back at ya! It’s been a cool summer over all, and I’m not complaining!

    • TuuxKabin

      Because of 7 or 8 DINO’s who cross the aisle all the time. Like Marisol Alacantra from Northern Manhattan and parts of the Bronx.

  • Jonathan Smith

    honestly, my first reaction was, “who”,
    now that I know, my second reaction is, “why”?

  • Gerry Fisher

    Qualifications, please.

    • Jonathan Smith

      “I’m not a politician, but i played one on TV.”

  • Stogiebear

    “Nixon is an Emmy, Grammy, and two-time Tony Award winner….”

    While I happen to agree with Ms Nixon on this paying for schools issue, her experience in service to the public good appears to be sorely lacking. Perhaps she (and other governor-wannabes) ought first try running for local school board or city council. Get some time on those boards underneath her/their feet before they try running an entire state or nation.

  • Princess Lardass

    Sorry. I’m saving my vote for Sarah Jessica Parker.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Neigh, I say.

  • Mordred LeFey

    CELEBRITIES ARE NOT POLITICIANS.

    Fuck Trump for making this a trend, among the billion other things he’s done.

    • Blake J Butler

      No that was Reagan that started that trend. Trump Just followed.

      • coram nobis

        Actually, it started with Sen. George Murphy (R-CA), who started in film musicals (Helen Gahagan Douglas ran for Senate in 1950, but doesn’t count because she lost to Dick Nixon). Gov. Ronald Reagan was right after him, although since then we’ve had Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Fred Thompson, Sen. Al Franken and that guy from “The Apprentice.”

        • Mordred LeFey

          That guy, what was his name again? Drumpf or something? He sure liked to fire people a lot

          • coram nobis

            Yeah, that one. Bad hairpiece, fashion-model wives, and a line of steaks, also, if I’m not mistaken.

          • Mordred LeFey

            Sounds like a douche. I heard he wanted to run for president once. How funny is that!? Like a douche could become president. Splits my sides, I tell ya

          • coram nobis

            He was testing the waters around 2000. Instead, we got a race between Bush W. and Al Gore. Gore went in the other direction after his loss, went into the movie business, made two films and won an Oscar.

      • Hank

        Followed by Da Arnold, and let us not forget that great wrestler Jesse Ventura!!!
        Al Franken went to Harvard and Majored in Government (Cum Laude). He also spent his first term, keeping out of the limelight and learning HOW the Senate works!!!

        • Octavio

          A close friend of mine worked for the Governor’s Office in Minnesota before, during, and after the Ventura years. She insists that she spent every staff meeting sitting where Jesse couldn’t see her.

        • coram nobis

          I had forgotten about “The Body.” Good catch.

      • grada3784

        George Murphy, actually.

    • BeaverTales

      I have no issue with a celebrity politician, but they should start local like everyone else…dogcatcher, assemblyperson, school board, maybe mayor if they have a local following.

  • BearEyes

    you can’t act your way through a job like this as we’ve seen before with other “celebrities”

  • Ernest Endevor

    Because… Sex and the City?

  • Blake J Butler

    I don’t blame trump for celebrities running for office, I blame Reagan for running and assholes like trump getting into their skulls that if Reagan could do it they could do it too.

    • band

      Reagan served in the army reserve during WWII. He was an active member in his labor union, rising eventually to board member, then president of the Screen Actors Guild. He was an active member of a number of political committees when he was a Democrat (as well as a vocal anti-nuke activist). He made campaign appearances with Truman and campaign speeches for Goldwater. He did all of that before he finally ran for governor of California.

      Much as I dislike Reagan and his policies—and the course he has set this nation on for the past several decades—he was deeply involved in service and in politics for his entire life. It’s not at all fair to compare him to a narcissistic, Johnny-come-lately buffoon like Trump.

  • coram nobis

    Shouldn’t Kim Cardassian be looking for a U.S. Senate seat about now?

  • Tiger Quinn

    Why? What in the world would she bring to the table?

  • Pat

    I like her as an actor, but no Cynthia, pay your dues before you try to move up the ladder. Start with an assembly district. I felt the same way when Caroline Schlossberg’s name was floated to replace Hillary Clinton as our senator, and we ended up with Kirsten Gillibrand who is worth her weight in gold and was in public service.

    • Matt G, Rochester

      Or, she could start as a NYC or Long Island city councilperson, where ever her actual residence is located.

      • Pat

        I want to say she lives in Manhattan, but I’m not sure, but wherever she is, there are local opportunities to get her feet wet and get some experience.

        • TuuxKabin

          She is living in Manhattan. East Village from another comment. I know she lives here, just not where.

  • JT

    Yeah, Cynthia, that’s just what we need. Dilute the Democratic vote and let a Rethug slip in. Haven’t you fuckers learned anything from the last election?

    • askDominick

      Nope. If CN challenged Cuomo it would be in the party PRIMARY–as the article notes.

      • DrRobY

        Again, haven’t learned anything from the last election?

        • askDominick

          Are you seriously worried that CN is going to attract millenials statewide who will then refuse to vote for Cuomo–like the gullible Berniacs who fell for GOP ratfucking?

          • DrRobY

            No.

      • JT

        Yep. We know what can follow from that.

  • Hank
    • danolgb

      He’s probably asking how he can.

    • coram nobis

      Trump may have green-lighted it; article says Donald basically told King Salmon that he wouldn’t press the human-rights issue.

    • BobSF_94117

      Remain silent? Of course not. I’m sure they’ll have a sword dance…

    • JCF

      “Will Trump be silent”—on a murderous policy he himself WISHES he had?

      To ask is to answer.

  • Gigi

    Don’t governors need to know stuff? I know that Trumpettes fans love the fact that Twittler’s not a politician but is this what New York State really needs?

  • JWC

    Hmmm let that one play awhile

  • Jon Doh

    All politicians should be required to start somewhere north of local dogcatcher position and work their way up.

  • askDominick

    I like CN but she should run at a more local level first.

    • Hue-Man

      Emmanuel Macron “who had never held elected office, has become the Fifth Republic’s youngest ever president after defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.” (CNN)

      • Matt G, Rochester

        Let’s see just how much he can accomplish before pointing to him. After all, Donald J. Trump, who had never held elected office, became the 45th President of the United States as well.

        • PeterC

          Yes “became” , but not “elected”.

      • UrsusArctos

        No public office experience, but Macron was steeped in party politics and the bureaucratic end of government. He knew the weaknesses of the establishment from the inside. He was able to turn the weaknesses of the major parties against themselves.
        I would love nothing more than to see something similar emerge in the US.
        We have had enough vanity candidates for the time being.

      • askDominick

        What you are leaving out is that Macron served in high-level appointed positions in French government: Deputy Secretary-General and Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs.

  • Texndoc

    I believe her spouse and she helped DiBlasio win the mayorship and he created some MickeyMouse title for her in his administration. It’s the same for everyone, they get a taste and then want to get drunk. As long as someone’s paying.

  • Matt G, Rochester

    I’m glad she wants to do better by the children of NY, but, like the dRumpster fire, she has ZERO poliical experience, ZERO policy experience, and ZERO connections to work with the Rethuglican controlled state senate. She would be just as effective as Jessie Ventura or Cheetolini. As much as I dislike Andrew Neolib Cuomo, he’s still better than a Rethug. And only a strong Democrat can guarantee a win in NY. Any weakness in the Upstate cities allows the rural areas to overrule the metro NYC vote. I live in upstate, I know how these people think. Pataki won how many times? Despite his hooker problem, Spitzer was a MUCH better governor. Schneiderman might be good, but the job he is doing so VERY well now is FAR too important for him to give it up now. Just like the national party, there is no depth to the field in NY. Kirsten Gillibrand might be good, but she is doing a much better job in the Senate than Schumer, so she is needed there. Sadly, we’re probably stuck with Cuomo another four years.

    • MichaelJ

      I am not in favor of Nixon running for Governor, but she is hardly in the same category as Ventura and Trump. She has long been a committed activist on education issues, she has an understanding of public policy issues, she is knowledgeable and doesn’t speak in vague generalities, and she has plenty of political connections. Whether those connections are the most advantageous for her ability to get elected and be effective in office, is another question.

  • UrsusArctos

    Two words. Kid. Rock.
    Yep, we’re in hell.

  • Keppler2

    Nice lady. Good actress. Often accurate political observations. Remind me what she’s done that qualifies her to be governor any more than, say, Mark Zuckerberg or Donald Trump.

  • MichaelJ

    While Governor Cuomo needs to be challenged by someone who is more genuinely progressive, Nixon is not the person to do it. She was an early supporter of NYC Mayor de Blasio and her wife Marinoni holds an important position in his administration. Her challenging Cuomo would come to be seen in terms of the bitter rivalry between Cuomo and de Blasio, and whatever progressive independent ideas she has would not get the attention they deserve, and the challenge to Cuomo would probably not be as strong as he deserves..
    She would be better running for a more local position, and her entry into the race would be de is intense, and a candidate who is more removed from that

  • I didn’t realize she was just an Oscar away from an EGOT.

    Also, please run for city council, the state legislature, even the House first. Not a fan of starting at high office. Yeah, Reagan started with Governor, but (a) not a great example of a hands-on, capable politician, and (b) at least he had some political experience through the Screen Actors Guild.

  • askDominick

    CN and her wife live in the East Village–seek an appointment on the community board. Run for district leader. Run for city council or a state assembly seat. Or serve in the Mayor’s administration in an appointed position. Work your way up.

  • TuuxKabin

    Would be more supportive if she sought local representation in her Community Board. City Council. State rep seat. Show us your stuff. Tired of name recognition as reputation and accomplishments.

    But. Good luck.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Speaking of NYC, we had a helluva thunder and lighting storm in the Big Apple this morning.

    Now, back to the show…

    • TuuxKabin

      Sure did. And I got caught in it, walking from Columbus towards Amsterdam and Broadway where it wasn’t raining, with a morning rainbow looking south from Columbus & 106th. Felt so good. More due. But doesn’t feel like it.

  • JCF

    Color me ambivalent. I think Cynthia Nixon is smart, and passionate about justice. That said, I agree—I believe she should pursue a lower office FIRST.

    I’m not unalterably opposed, however (not being a New Yorker anymore—as I was 1990-94—it’s irrelevant).

  • Noel Kanalley

    Ugh. All these celebrities who know NOTHING about how government beaurocracy works, especially in the mother of all State government beaurocratic nightmares, New York State. To paraphrase one of her early film roles: “I’m not going (back) there! I’m frightened! I’m very very frightened!”