Cynthia Nixon Is Laying the Groundwork to Run For New York Governor

The "Sex and the City" actress is mulling the possibility of running for governor of NY, challenging Andrew Cuomo in Democratic primary in September.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday appeared to suggest that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may be behind a potential gubernatorial bid by actress Cynthia Nixon.

Nixon has also been critical of Cuomo.

A spokeswoman for Nixon told told Variety on Tuesday that she will "continue to explore" her options, citing the "many concerned New Yorkers" who have encouraged her to run. If she did, the five-time Golden Globe nominee would challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic primary this coming September.

Ms. Nixon's celebrity would represent a unique challenge for Mr. Cuomo because of her ability to garner media interest.

He also downplayed questions about Nixon using consultants tied to de Blasio, his frequent political foe.

She recently took a swipe at "corporate Democrats" during her acceptance speech at the Human Right's Campaign's New York Gala, where she received a Visibility Award. "If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public".

"I think it was probably either the Mayor of NY or Vladimir Putin", Cuomo said with a chuckle.

Nixon has been outspoken critic of Cuomo's education policies. Her wife, Christine Marinoni, is a public school education activist who works for his administration as a special adviser for community partnerships in the Department of Education. "Otherwise you won't last long".

De Blasio's office didn't immediately comment.

Former Hudson Valley state Sen.

Cuomo has said he's interested in seeking a third term in office, but has not yet formally announced his intentions. Terry Gipson has already launched his campaign. 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.

  • Marlene Weaver