Actress Cynthia Nixon is expected to announce that she's running for governor of NY in 2018 as a Democratic candidate!
Reacting to reports, Nixon's publicist Rebecca Capellan said: "Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it". The "Sex and the City" actress is mulling the possibility of running for governor of NY, challenging Andrew Cuomo in Democratic primary in September.
Asked during an unrelated phone press conference about Nixon possibly challenging him, Cuomo said that "people who may or may not run for governor on both sides of the aisle, that's up to them".
"You can't let these things bother you". She's spoken out frequently about NY state and city issues, praising Mayor de Blasio.
"There are a lot of people who would like me to run for a variety of reasons", she said then.
Nixon, an education activist, is a de Blasio ally and would be seen as testing Cuomo from the political left. She has two kids with former partner Danny Mozes and one with current wife Christine Marinoni, who works in the de Blasio administration.
Nixon, an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner most famous for her role as Miranda Hobbes, has long opposed Cuomo's policies, and has been especially vocal over the past year. "Otherwise you won't last long".
Cuomo has already announced he will seek a third term in November and is a potential 2020 presidential candidate.
Arthur Schwartz, an organizer for the New York Progressive Action Network, told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester that he hopes someone comes forward to challenge Cuomo.
Nixon's name recognition and celebrity status could mean she has a real shot at unseating the incumbent.
Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is contemplating a primary challenge to the Democratic governor, while former Hudson Valley Sen.