NEW YORK (AFP) – Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to worldwide fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on Sex and the City, is operating for New York governor, unveiling Monday (March 19) a progressive platform championing higher equality and eschewing huge business.
The 51-year-old declared her candidacy with a two-minute marketing campaign video posted on Twitter that confirmed her at home together with her spouse and youngsters, driving the subway, taking her younger baby to highschool and talking at liberal political causes.
The transfer confirmed rising hypothesis that Nixon meant to problem incumbent Democratic state governor Andrew Cuomo, which went into overdrive final week when her spouse, Christine Marinoni, stepped down from her job on the metropolis’s division of training.
The actress and liberal activist, who has campaigned for homosexual marriage, public colleges and entry to girls’s healthcare, threw her hat into the ring saying she was “sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us.” “Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty. Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line. How did we let this happen?” she stated on the video.
“I like New York. I’ve by no means wished to reside wherever else however one thing has to alter. We need our government to work once more – on well being care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our damaged subway.
“Together we can win this fight,” completed the New York born and raised Nixon, who stated she grew up together with her mom in what she referred to as “a one-bedroom, fifth-floor walk-up”.
New York, the fourth most populous state within the United States, goes to the polls to elect a governor on November 6. But Nixon stays a left-field candidate with Cuomo very a lot the favored contender forward of the Democratic Party main on September 13.
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Despite the stardom introduced by her position alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall on the wildly profitable tv comedy “Sex and the City,” which aired on HBO from 1998-2004 and spawned two spin-off motion pictures, the actress lags far behind within the polls.
A current Siena College Research Institute ballot found that Cuomo is overwhelmingly favored by Democrats over Nixon by 66 to 19 p.c.
It stays unclear how a lot Cuomo could also be broken by the current conviction of an aide for bribery. According to The New York Times, his title was talked about 163 instances in the course of the eight-week federal trial.
Nixon labored for years as an actress earlier than hitting the big-time with “Sex and the City” and gained a Tony Award – America’s most prestigious stage performing awards – for her position final yr in play “The Little Foxes.” In addition to the video, Nixon has arrange a marketing campaign fundraising web page that echoes a few of the language utilized by 2016 Democratic Party presidential contender Bernie Sanders who electrified the left earlier than finally dropping to Hillary Clinton.
The web page stipulates that Nixon “won’t be accepting any corporate contributions” and that “instead our campaign will be powered by the people.” The mom of three is much from the primary US actor to enterprise into politics. Republican president Ronald Reagan acquired his political begin after the world of leisure as a two-term governor of California from 1967 to 1975.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Austrian-born physique builder is one other actor turned two-term California governor, who was in workplace from 2003-2011.
Former tv comedian Al Franken – for whom Nixon as soon as campaigned – additionally served as Democratic senator of Minnesota from 2009 to 2018, till he was pressured to step down over sexual misconduct allegations.