Words by Elizabeth Cuomo
In 2010, Cynthia Nixon handed in her resignation as Sex and the City’s cynical lawyer lady-boss, Miranda Hobbes. In 2018, she’s running for governor of New York State. The question is: can she outshine her pop-culture infamy and prove herself worthy of office?
Nixon’s move to become governor may seem strange, but far stranger things have happened in the recent political past. A veteran activist of two decades, Nixon wants to take it to the next level and renovate New York’s policies from office in Albany. If Nixon wins, she’ll be the first ever female governor of New York, not to mention the first openly bisexual one. Nixon has vowed to fix our crumbling subways, fight for increased funding for public education, champion women’s rights, and legalize recreational marijuana.
This is all very exciting but, unfortunately for Miranda fans, Nixon got absolutely wrecked by her incumbent opponent, Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Democratic Convention on Wednesday, March 23rd at Hofstra University in Hempstead, LI. Despite her passionate resolve to bring in “a governor as bold and progressive as its people” to New York, Nixon couldn’t even muster 5% of delegates to support her on the ballot, falling way short of the 25% she needed to secure a spot for the upcoming September election.
Though she needs to secure a very doable 15,000 signatures on an official petition this summer to earn a spot on September’s ballot, Nixon made it clear that she’s not backing down. Upon arriving at the convention in Hempstead, LI, by way of the LIRR, Nixon told reporters, “I’m not a protest candidate. I’m a viable candidate who is really running hard for the Democratic nomination, and that’s why I’m here, to say this is my party, too, I’m not afraid and I’m here. You can’t shut me out.”
If Nixon is the liberal-queen-antithesis of Trump that millennials have been searching for, why haven’t New York feminists embraced her yet? Well, perhaps it’s because politics have become relevant again for all the wrong reasons. The ridiculousness that is reported daily from Washington D.C. is tiring. If celebrity candidate Trump hadn’t put a bad taste in all of our mouths, would Nixon’s campaign have more traction by now?
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