NEW YORK: Cynthia Nixon To Run For Governor

NBC New York reports:

Actress Cynthia Nixon has announced she will run for governor. “I love New York, and today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor,” she tweeted Monday afternoon, along with a campaign video. A short biography on her campaign website states, “Cynthia Nixon is a lifelong New Yorker and progressive activist who is running for governor to fight for a better, more equal New York.” Nixon says she won’t accept corporate contributions in the campaign.

A poll issued last week shows Democrats prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo over Nixon by a more than 3-1 margin. Nixon has won two Tonys, two Emmys, and a Grammy award for a spoken-word album.

  • bkmn

    I like her but please get some real experience at lower levels of government before going for a biggie. Experience matters – ex. Donald J. Trump.

    • Christopher

      Was just going to say something similar.

      Nobody should be elected to the highest office in the state/land without having previous political experience.

      Hey America, just because someone is rich and/or famous does not mean they are qualified to lead you.

      • bkmn

        Get some experience and come back when you are ready, that is all I ask.

        • Christopher

          It really isn’t asking very much at all.

          Remember when experience was a good thing?

      • But.. but.. but if they get experience then they might become *gasps* ideologically impure. *Faints*

    • AJD

      My thoughts exactly

    • Hank

      I agree for the same reasons. Also, Albany is so F-ed Up all these years, that it takes a REAL politician to get anything decent accomplished!!!

      • bkmn

        If nothing else you have to have some working alliances built up. Without them, as you said, you can’t get significant things done.

  • Boreal

    Yup, Cuomo the lesser is not my favorite but I will vote for him so we keep the governor’s mansion.

    • Mike C

      I don’t disagree, but it also depends on who the Republicans run otherwise the primary is the only place we really get a choice here. If the NYS GOP is planning on actually being competitive this time then maybe she should look elsewhere but if its another Astorino or Paladino…..

      • Boreal

        She has no legislative or govt experience. At least Cuomo had been AG.

    • Tulle Christensen

      You would think New York could find someone better than Cuomo. but where do I get off talking, I have Batboy as governor

      • liondon#babydaddy

        What state?

        • Tulle Christensen

          State of decay or AKA Florida

          • liondon#babydaddy

            Oh… I am so sorry.

      • Boreal

        I voted for his father 3 times and liked him. The son, meh.

  • Marc: The Social Gadfly

    Definitely OT but, is anyone else noticing that the upvotes you give when you return to a post later didn’t take and you have to upvote them a second time? Or, am I the only one having this issue?

    • Paula

      That happens to me when using my iPad.

      • Marc: The Social Gadfly

        That’s where it happens for me too. Not so much on my Windows PC but, definitely on iPad and iPhone.

        • Tulle Christensen

          Disqus is anti-apple?

          • stevenj

            It’s quirky with the heebie jeebies on an IMac but functions. I don’t seem to have the problems I have seen described on this site other than when I scroll over or click to upvote the page jumps up or down.

          • Tulle Christensen

            That happens on Windows 10 also

          • Paula

            Bill Gates is Skynet! 😳😳😳🤭🤭🤭

        • Boreal

          I can’t even view the comments on my iphone.

          • Paula

            Is it the phone on? 😆

          • Boreal

            Hmmm. 😉

    • Boreal

      Disqus has lots of issues, all of the time.

      • Steve Smith

        I have worked out a complex series of manoeuvres now to get Disqus to actually work. Most of the time.

    • Ron

      MIne

    • The_Wretched

      It usually corrects after a period of time. It has to do with how disqus handles data.

    • ChrisMorley

      An upvote by iPhone/iPad/iPod is a small, fleeting action that depends on the cell/wifi connection to register at Disqus.

      I’ve never noticed this problem with my Macbook Pro using a wired internet connection.

      This Disqus thread on disappearing upvotes doesn’t offer any answers. https://disqus.com/home/channel/discussdisqus/discussion/channel-discussdisqus/upvotes_and_downvotes_keep_disappearing/newest/

    • skyweaver

      I haven’t noticed that particular one, but Disqus is the twitchiest program I use

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I only notice during a high traffic disqus times or an over loaded thread.

      Satan plays a part too.

    • shellback

      No, it’s just you.

      HAHAHA I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist. Hugs!

  • CB

    Go away. You’re a good actress but WTF do you know about politics.

  • Really sick and tired of inexperienced, unqualified people treating top elected offices as entry-level political positions.

    • “Hi! No, I’m not going to bother to run for state legislator and use that to learn how our government really works, build up a solid network of political allies and resources, and be able to run for higher office knowing ahead of time what the job actually entails. I’m just gonna jump at the brass ring and hope everything works out FINE.”

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        Absolutely, I mean what could possibly go wrong?

        • The usual: A disastrous term of office in which all the important decisions were made by moneyed lobbyists.

    • Ninja0980

      Aren’t we all?

    • Chuck in NYC

      I thought Oprah was an interesting idea until I learned on Colbert’s show a couple of weeks ago that she has some petty “rules” for behavior around her like no gum chewing or no music played in the makeup trailer. Fine for a diva entertainer; not fine for a leader who you’d like to think would be a little more relaxed around others.

      • Hank

        A Diva like Herr Drumpf???

  • liondon#babydaddy

    Will her and Steve ever get back together?

  • Gene Perry

    No, Cynthia, simply no. Stick to activism (at which your really good) and acting (which is OK). Experience matters – ex. Donald J. Trump

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    He’s an ass but I don’t see her taking him on effectively. No more celeb not experience pols. Not to mention, her message is generic and possibly off. Example: When showing your love of NY State you may want to show something beyond walking around NY City. Each and every shot of her being any where was in NY City, I believe most of Manhattan, most of it looked like lower, most of those likely the Village. One shot of a train car with ‘next stop Albany’ upper state does not appease. If you’re running for governor of the state, especially one separated as much as NY between state and city, show the state AND the city.

  • Marc: The Social Gadfly

    If she’s a lifelong NYer, that’s a start. At least she appears to be invested in the welfare of the state.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Born and bred investment may not make, nor is the opposite true. Can’t stand where I was raised. Thrilled to leave it. It’s over half a life and decades removed. Much more invested elsewhere.

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Please don’t confuse the NYC with NYS…they are very different with very different problems. Ms. Nixon is laudable in her advocacy for the NYC public schools, but that appears to be the extent of her “public good” experience. Housing, the opioid crisis, the extent to which young people are fleeing the rust belt cities of Upstate NY, the collapsing infrastructure, are all problems of grave concern to NY’ers. Further she has NO experience and NO political allies in the snakepit that is Albany politics. No Cynthia, we’ve tried this “I am a success at X, therefore I will be the bestest president ever…e-ver!” model. It does not work.

  • Blake J Butler
    • JCF

      Carrie, you ask too many questions.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • justmeeeee

    Oh, please, Louise.

  • Paula

    As long as she doesn’t take sides in the Sarah Jessica Parker vs Kim Catrall feud. I am so worried about that. I don’t sleep at night. Thinking about it.
    🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🤮🤮

    • Christopher

      Is that really a thing? Seriously? I don’t follow gossip.

      Are these woefully overpaid people bitching about who gets more screen time? You know, the most important thing in this day and age.

      Or is it something more salacious?

      • Moebym of the Returners

        Apparently it had to do with SJP’s supposed behavior toward Kim Cattrall after the recent death of the latter’s brother.

        • Hugh Jassman

          She supposedly sent condolences. She’s dead to me.

          • Magpie

            My condolences.

        • craigbear

          It’s older than that, actually, that’s just the most recent visible blowup.

      • Paula

        I don’t really care what the sit. was. I’m just here for the snark.

    • PeedeResistance

      She already did–and the wrong side, the one of the terminally untalented Parker 🙂

  • Gustav2

    OT: for those of you who missed Manatee Pride:

    http://www.heraldtribune.com/photos

  • rcdcr

    Love you, Cyn.

    But, how are you qualified, dear?

    • Natty Enquirer

      She had sex in the city.

      • Mikey

        phht, everyone did.

  • I’d rather Bill DeBlasio.

    • Gustav2

      Ouch.

    • Boreal

      He likely can’t win upstate regions or Western NY.

      • He’ll carry Rochester and Buffalo.

        Listen, I’m sure Cynthia Nixon is a wonderful person. Let’s face an uncomfortable reality, here. She’s from Hollywood. We’ve elected a few Hollywood people to public office recently. How’s that working out? You like Trump? Reagan? The Governator? How about Jesse “The Body” Ventura?

        I don’t. I think they all suck(ed). Politics isn’t acting. You got a background in law or economics, or some other field useful for policy making, great. But Hollywood? Nah.

        • Chuck in NYC

          I think (but haven’t checked) that most all of her filmed work has been in New York. So, “Hollywood,” sure, but Hollywood, no.

        • coram nobis

          There was George Murphy. Tom Lehrer noted, “Now that he’s a Senator, he’s really got the chance/ to give the public … a song and dance.”

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Umm, … nope!

  • Publius

    No. Executive leadership is not an entry level position. She should start at the bottom and learn the ropes before doing this.

  • PlutoAnimus

    I’ve long had the impression that high intelligence skips a generation in Cuomos.

    • edrex

      same for labrador retrievers.

  • j.martindale

    Rich Democrats proving they can be as stupid as rich Republicans.

  • Wisterley

    She’s always started at the top, never worked her way up, so she probably thinks that’s how it’s always done. Her first B’Way job was playing good parts in two plays running simultaneously, both directed by Mike Nichols. She appeared in the first act in one and the second in the other. (The Real Thing and Hurly Burly as I remember)

  • Ninja0980

    Nope sorry.
    Start at city council or school board and work your way up but I’m not voting for someone for the highest state office because she’s an actress and is involved in political activities.
    That is NOT experience.

  • Good for her. Baby chomp has been a huge disappointmnt.

  • tbj5

    O/T: looks like the Channel 4 Cambridge Analytica piece is on YouTube now?

    https://youtu.be/zb6-xz-geH4

  • JT

    Jeebus fuck. Not another purist intent on causing a Rethug win.

  • Moebym of the Returners

    I admire that she’s a progressive activist but a state like New York needs a governor with much more than just New York residency and activism on her resume – namely, she needs experience.

    People are attracted to loud and proud activists, but merely proclaiming what is right is not enough to make change happen; it’s those unsung heroes who know how to do the unglamorous and sometimes dirty work of politics who actually get shit done.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I’m so done with politics, I just can’t anymore. All that matters to me these days is becoming a professional diver and Ian.

    So, on that note, and totally OT, here’s a video from this weekend. A really cool swim-through that goes from about 55 feet and ends around 70 feet.

    https://youtu.be/HpqU08PzYEs

    • stevenj

      Where was the dive?

      • Rebecca Gardner

        The dive site is called Cathedral. It’s near Stillwater cove. You can see the 18th hole of Pebble beach from there.

    • HAAAAAAA

      Nice.
      But damn the regulators are so loud.

  • Boreal
    • ccc

      EVERRRRRRR!

    • Uncle Mark

      Except for Al Franken

      • The_Wretched

        He proved himself as Senator and spent ~ 5 years doing radio to get good at issues and talking to the public. It wasn’t just an ego stunt on his part.

        • Hank

          Franken attended Harvard College, where he majored in political science, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973

          • Robincho

            I didn’t need Harvard to teach me how to cum laude…

          • Danieruw

            Do your neighbors complain?

          • TCinBerkeley

            Well, Kris Kobach, the asshole masquerading as Secretary of State of Kansas and running for Governor there, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard AND went to Yale Law and got his JD. So education isn’t everything.

            I am enjoying watching the ACLU run rings around him in the courtroom though!

      • bearLvrFL

        I think that the key difference is that a single senator is not responsible for managing a huge bureaucracy in the same way that a president or governor would be.

  • narutomania

    Experience is important !!!! You cannot start out as the CEO of a company or as the President of a university from the start. You have to start among the common folk and WORK YOUR WAY UP.

    • MaryJOGrady

      Indeed.
      Ann Richards, Texas’s last vertebrate governor, began as a successful candidate for county commissioner.

      • narutomania

        Thanks for that remind, Mary. They don’t hardly make ’em like Ann Richards anymore. Much to my great sadness. She had it all: intelligence, integrity, and a wonderful sassy sense of humour.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Bambino

      That is Doctor Poo from another universe.

    • skyweaver

      That’s awesome. I’m a sci-fi person but I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never seen Dr. Who. I don’t even know where to begin to watch it since it’s gone on so long now

      • JCF

        You do get that the above is a joke though?

        Probably a majority of DW fans at this point, have only seen it starting w/ the 2005-revival (not the 1963-89 run). I would suggest you find a good website, which reviews the series since then. Then check out the episodes which interest you (is it on Netflix?). The good news for you, is that the next series starts w/ a new doctor (the 13th, and first female “regeneration”): you’ll be starting at ground zero w/ this Doctor, along w/ everyone else.

        In the smallest of nutshells: the Doctor (can’t say “he” anymore! :-D) is from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor is a “Time Lord”, and has a ship (disguised as an old-fashioned 1960s London police box) which can fly through both time & space: it’s called the TARDIS. The Doctor is (IIRC) over 1000 years old. As I said, this will be the Doctor’s 13th version/regeneration (since the show was revived in 2005, we’ve seen 9-12).

        The Doctor always has one or more companions (usually human, but there have been some non-human companions), most often, an attractive young human female! 😉 They travel around in time & space, adventures ensue. There’s almost always danger. Often moral dilemmas. The Doctor is “brillliant” and witty. But the companions often save the Doctor’s bacon (and vice-versa, constantly). Strangely enough, the Doctor’s interactions w/ Earth most often happen in the UK. ;-p~~~

        The Doctor has some regularly-appearing enemies, inc the Daleks (destructive washing-machine looking robots, w/ a small sentient creature inside), they say “Exterminate!” Similarly (though not quite as charismatic), the android-robot Cybermen; they say “Delete!” Then there’s the Master, another Time Lord (the Master, too, has recently been regenerated female), the Doctor’s evil (though sometimes tragic) rival.

        OK, that’s enough in a nutshell. Go discover for yourself skyweaver! 🙂

        Oh, one more thing: the jokey lil vid above has a clip of the ever-present (though variously arranged) musical theme of the show: that’s been a constant since 1963!

        • skyweaver

          Hey I appreciate the information! I will check it out!

    • Lars Littlefield

      This is what happens when you move Tardis manufacturing to Taiwan.

    • JCF

      LOL!

  • edrex

    i’m cynthia! and who are you?
    are you — running for governor — too?

    • Dazzer

      viz Alexander Pope:
      I am the King’s dog at Kew,
      Pray tell me Sir,
      Whose dog are you?

  • Lars Littlefield

    Can’t she win a state senate seat first?

    • pablo

      That’s for supporting players. She’s a star.

  • fuow

    Fuck no.

  • Jon Doh

    Wasn’t she the one that made the statement being gay is a choice? I don’t think she shows good judgement in important matters.

    • If I recall correctly, what she was trying to say was expressed poorly, which allowed it to be misconstrued. I may be misremembering but my recollection is that she was trying to say that as a bisexual, she had opportunities with both men and women and chose to be with a woman.

      • Jon Doh

        Well ok, but I still don’t like the way she treated poor Steve.

        • JAX

          Steve. Was. A. Fuck-up.
          Yes, he cleaned up his act, but Dr. Robert Leeds (Blair Underwood) was (1) perfect and (2) already in the picture .

          Did she have to throw away a doctor for Steve*?

          *I agree that she was horrible to him in the film. But, she could have avoided all of that had she stayed with Dr. Leeds.

          • Jon Doh

            Wow! I could barely remember Steve’s name. 🙂

          • JAX

            I had many problems with SATC. For some reason, I still carry my frustrations around. 🙂

          • Hugh Jassman

            I’m pretty sure he had track lightin’

          • Hugh Jassman

            Team Steve!!!!

    • JAX

      I get where she was coming from, as she is bisexual. For her, it is a choice. She, however, did not articulate her point in a way that avoided offense.

  • Jerry Kott

    We are smarter than that. We are at War, not a Tennis match.

  • Cuberly Deux

    One of the things I respect about Kamala Harris is she’s put in the work. She knows how things operate, she’s developed political skills and relationships. That’s not something you can just step into.

    If Nixon wants to run, go for it. But I personally tend to gravitate towards the skilled & experienced.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Jas!

  • Leo

    I guess the analogy I could use for this is NY-21 in 2014 where the Green candidate Matt Funicello divided the left and Elise Stefanik won. Aaron Woolf embraced Cuomo who Upstate loathes with a passion, many for excellent reasons. There is LOTS of financial corruption I could touch on but won’t.

    She has no business running but Trump didn’t either. Cuomo needs to get elected but I’m also of the mind that he needs his feet held to the fire.

    • Ninja0980

      His enabling of the DINOS in the State Senate who work with the Republicans to keep it in their hand is my biggest (and many others) gripes with him right now.

      • TuuxKabin

        RIGHT NOW.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Please no, no more celebrities. Just no. What Americans need are boring, knowledgeable policy wonks and diplomats, not more well meaning but wholly inexperienced candidates.

    • Taylor Bixler

      Perhaps a bad example given how he got hung out to dry ultimately, but Al Franken was a pseudo “celebrity” who was also inexperienced but became a workhorse in the Senate over time.

      • The_Wretched

        Frankin was the most liberal dem senator. He was also highly effective in hearings so he had to go.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        There’s always an exception, but given the recent spate of celebrity come politician wannabe, I dare say he’s that very rare exception indeed.

  • Marlin

    good luck to her – going after established allies is so important right now – much more important than fighting the actual enemies who are attacking us.

    • The_Wretched

      “established allies”
      who?

  • ted-

    It’s a good trend to see Democrats announcing they’re not accepting corporate donations. If I were still in NYC, I’d consider her as Gov.

  • Bambino

    She can’t even get Kim Cattrall to sign on SATC 3 how in the hell can she run as a governor? /s

    • M Jackson

      That’s funny, but I know the reason, it came up when I opened a click-bait site to see if what Angie Harmon looks like today would really leave me dumbfounded. Apparently Kim hates Sarah, who was mean to her on the series because Kim was a bigger star (“Mannequin”).
      Oh god, please don’t let Sarah Jessica Parker run for mayor …

  • jvc in NYC

    Good luck. Now might be a good time for her to take her first trip to the rest of NYS.

    • Mickey Bitsko

      I’m sure she’s been to the Hamptons, and probably Hudson too.

      • TuuxKabin

        Seen in Rhinebeck.

    • BobSF_94117

      You want her to visit the burros?

      • McSwagg

        … and make an ass of herself?

  • safari

    O/T: Evidently we’re in for a treat tonight
    https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/975787324712914944

  • Vinnie NYC

    Just great.
    What next, J-Lo for state comptroller ?

  • Jamie Wilson

    Isn’t she the one who said that she chose to be gay?

  • Girlgoon

    Why not run for vice president on the same ticket with Oprah for president? Haven’t we learned our lesson yet about TV stars as politicians

  • MichaelJ

    As much as I would like to see someone more progressive challenge Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon isn’t the one to do it, for all sorts of reasons. Two that I haven’t seen mentioned yet:

    1) As a celebrity candidate, she will receive a lot of attention and financial support from other celebrities, siphoning off money that could have been available to other candidates whose potential victories would be far more important. In New York State itself, breaking the Republican hold on the State Senate would do far more good than electing any other person, no matter how qualified, as governor.

    2) With Nixon being an early supporter of de Blasio’s initial campaign for NYC mayor and her wife having worked for the de Blasio Administration, Nixon vs. Cuomo will be viewed in terms of another battle in the ongoing feud between Cuomo and de Blasio — a feud which has not served either the state or the city well.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    No.

  • JDS
  • TuuxKabin

    You love NYC, Hamptons, Hudson Valley, Western Berkshires of Columbia County, GF. Ever been west of the Hudson River besides EWR frequent flyer clubs?

    • BearEyes

      Shw needs to try the finger lakes

      • TuuxKabin

        I’d like to try the finger lakes. We enjoy a lot of wine from there! Long Island as well.

  • Frostbite

    Ugh. No.

  • JCF

    I seem to be not hating this as much of the rest of y’all. I trust a vigorous primary will prove revealing. It’s really not like Cuomo has been that much of a prize! (y’know, the corruption)

  • SDG

    Bitch, please!

  • Laura Austin

    So in other words you rather keep Cuomo in office, is that what I’m hearing? If I can I’m voting him out.