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Cynthia Nixon assembling staff ahead of possible run for NY governor

Actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon. Mike Coppola  Getty Images for IFP Actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon. Mike Coppola Getty Images for IFP
Rosie Leonard | 08 March, 2018, 02:16

Cynthia Nixon, a liberal activist and a star of the hit television series "Sex and the City", is considering a run for governor of NY, challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, NY1 television said on Tuesday, citing unidentified sources.

Actress Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role on the TV series "Sex and the City", is considering whether to run for governor of NY.

The actress' rep did not deny that she was considering a gubernatorial run, instead releasing a statement that says, "many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it".

According to NY1, Nixon has started selecting staff for her campaign against Cuomo in the Democratic primary this September.

If Nixon's possible bid for the seat succeeded, she would be the state's first gay, female governor. She continued to criticize Cuomo's achievements in school aid, noting that spending on education is something "parents all across NY state talk to me about".

Actress Cynthia Nixon speaks during the "People's State of the Union" event on January 29.

"In this business you can't let these things bother you, otherwise you won't last long", Cuomo said. De Blasio is one of Cynthia's good friends.

De Blasio's office didn't immediately comment.

The politically active actress, who has been openly critical of Cuomo in recent years, would be launching a primary challenge against the incumbent Democrat.

Ms. Nixon's celebrity would represent a unique challenge for Mr. Cuomo because of her ability to garner media interest. Nixon, a mother of three, has been married to education activist Christine Marinoni since 2012.

Hyers and Katz, like Nixon herself, represent the more progressive wing of the Democratic faction, while Cuomo enjoys supports primarily from more moderate members of the party. He won 62 percent of the vote against Zephyr's 34 percent of vote.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is contemplating a primary challenge to the Democratic governor, while former Hudson Valley Sen.

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