Why This ‘Sex and the City’ Star’s NY-Gov. Run Could End Andrew Cuomo’s Career Why This ‘Sex and the City’ Star’s NY-Gov. Run Could End Andrew Cuomo’s Career – NTK Network

Why This ‘Sex and the City’ Star’s NY-Gov. Run Could End Andrew Cuomo’s Career

Cynthia Nixon hasn’t decided to run for governor of New York, but if she does, it could seriously hamper Andrew Cuomo’s plans.

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2018 @1:00pm
Why This ‘Sex and the City’ Star’s NY-Gov. Run Could End Andrew Cuomo’s Career

In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) withstood a primary challenge from a far-left liberal candidate. He opted out of running for president in 2016, but a gubernatorial challenge in 2018 could leave him without a choice in 2020.

Cynthia Nixon, a television actress best known for her role as “Miranda” in the HBO series “Sex and the City,” is publicly mulling a campaign to challenge Cuomo.

Nixon’s campaign would be the embodiment of “visceral loathing and mistrust” of Cuomo among liberals in the Democratic Party, according to Politico.

The potential showdown captures the state of Democratic politics right now: A popular two-term big state governor with a long record and a talent on the stump should make him a natural presidential front-runner. But instead, his Bill Clinton-style triangulation and personal spats has enraged an activist base that’s becoming ever more energized and liberal, and ready to sign up for party infighting with their own celebrity from outside of politics to make a point.

“For eight years, this guy has governed as a Republican in New York, literally empowering a Republican State Senate, bashing Democrats, putting forward a centrist agenda and coasting on his last name,” said one person who Politico reported has spoken to Nixon about a possible run. “Add to that, the fact that his administration is perpetually mired in corruption and the subways don’t work. The guy’s got real problems.”

A high profile challenge from someone like Nixon could potentially complicate Cuomo’s re-election efforts. But even if she’s unable to win over enough Democrats to seriously challenge Cuomo in a primary, her campaign will serve as the mouthpiece for the far-left liberals upset with his record.

On top of Cuomo’s moves that have inflamed the left, which include pension reductions for state employees, a new evaluation system for teachers, and rolling back estate taxes, Cuomo’s top aide is currently standing trial in a brutal federal corruption case that has engulfed the governor’s office. The trial alone has dropped Cuomo’s standing in public polls.

If Nixon runs on a platform that dredges up all of these issues, Cuomo’s chances of cleanly launching a presidential bid in 2020, if he wins re-election in 2018, are just about zero.

And if Cuomo doesn’t run for president in 2020, he may never get another chance.

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