The Hill reported today that Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role on "Sex and the City," may want to switch her career from actress to governor. She may run in 2018 against fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo because she disagrees with his education policy.
In an April interview with The View, the actress, who is legally married to another woman, Christine Marinoni, criticized Cuomo.
"Basically, Gov. Cuomo is shortchanging the children of New York state,” said Nixon. “He is not against public schools but he doesn't like to pay for them.”
She also compared the governor to Betsy DeVos, who is enemy number one for many liberals. In an op-ed for USA Today, Nixon expanded on her issues with Cuomo's education policy. She began her op-ed by criticizing DeVos.
"As a public school parent, I am fearful about what our new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has in store for our nation’s public schools," said Nixon.
She continued, "The Trump-DeVos agenda includes more support for privately run charter schools...and a dramatic expansion of school privatization through vouchers. It could also greatly reduce federal funding for public schools. For New York State that could mean a cut of up to $2.5 billion."
She went on to compare Cuomo, who she might challenge in 2018, to DeVos. She said Cuomo wants to cut $4.3 billion from school funding, but that isn't her only problem with Cuomo. She also criticizes his desire to increase charter schools.
"He also wants to increase the number of privately-run charter schools in New York City by more than 50 percent," stated Nixon. "And he has been a loud proponent of private school tax credits, essentially a backdoor voucher system. These are policies we expect from Betsy DeVos, but from Andrew Cuomo?"
Nixon closes her op-ed with these words, which almost seem to hint her run:
"We ask again for him, at long last, to grant these students the education our state owes them. You can’t claim New York will be a 'progressive beacon' unless you actually make it one."
Nixon appears to be done asking Cuomo to change. Instead, she might try to unseat him.
Other Democrats are also considering running against Cuomo says The Hill. These include the current Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and former state legislator Terry Gipson.
Cuomo's campaign is dismissing any possibility of him being unseated. Instead, they responded by pointing to his progressive values.
“Governor Cuomo has the strongest progressive record of any elected official in this country—period—and we look forward to building on that record in the third term,” said Bill Mulrow, Cuomo's 2018 campaign chairman.
Do you think that people would elect a lesbian who is married to another woman to be governor? If elected, Nixon would be the first married lesbian to serve as governor. Two other liberal celebrities could also be running, but in 2020 for president.