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Andrew Cuomo suggests Bill de Blasio role in Cynthia Nixon guv bid

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

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", she added", according to The New York Times.

If she were to run for office and win, Cythia Nixon would become the first openly bisexual Governor and the first woman in the role as well.

It was reported Tuesday that the Nixon has been talking to two of de Blasio's former campaign aides, Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers, about challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary later this year. The governor and New York City mayor, both Democrats, have had a long-running rivalry.

Ms. Nixon's Instagram feed has showed her making visits in 2018 across NY, including in Montauk, Skaneateles and Binghamton.

Nixon has previously said "maybe" when asked if she's running. When asked about those rumors back in August on the Today show, she laughed and said she had heard them too, before launching into what sounded like campaign rhetoric about the spending disparity in New York's public schools. Ms. Nixon was a regular presence on the campaign trail for Mr.de Blasio in 2013, and Ms. Nixon's wife, Christine Marinoni, works in the de Blasio administration.


Nixon has been outspoken critic of Cuomo's education policies.

"My love, my gratitude and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it. Thank you", she continued.

Liberal activists who have been critical of Cuomo on education and other issues think an insurgent with greater name recognition could provide a stronger challenge, even though polls say Cuomo is still popular among Democratic voters statewide. "Otherwise you won't last long".

Cuomo has said he's interested in seeking a third term in office, but has not yet formally announced his intentions. In his 2014 re-election, a primary challenger with little name recognition, Zephyr Teachout, won roughly 34 percent of the vote to Cuomo's 62 percent, leading to speculation that Cuomo, a moderate, might be vulnerable to a challenge from a well-funded progressive.

But a spokeswoman would only say Nixon, who has been active in NY politics for years, continues to explore the possibility.

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