Can Cynthia Nixon make her way from New York City to Albany?

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Edwin J. Viera, Opinion Editor

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Since announcing her campaign for Governor of New York, Cynthia Nixon has hit the ground running. Aside from being known as cynical lawyer Miranda Hobbes of the HBO franchise, Sex and the City, Nixon is a hard-hitting political activist. Some of the statements he has made since her announcements have been beneficial to New Yorkers across the state as well as in the metropolis of New York City.

In an article for The New York Observer, Nixon was critical of how Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been in a “pissing contest” over the status of the New York City Public Housing Authority. Another point that she is critical of in her campaign video is the status of the New York City Subway System.

For months now, the M.T.A (Metropolitan Transportation Authority), has been wringing its hands as people have slowly realized just how inefficient they have become with problems ranging from rush hour delays to they are consistently over budget on their Capital Construction projects.

She has, so far, touched on a great deal of current issues for the city of New York, but hasn’t really brought her reach outside of there. While New York City is always a priority for the Governor of New York, the rest of the state is also important. She does mention, in her campaign video, wanting to strengthen many upstate cities that are facing poverty as a result of staggered or uncertain economic growth.

Since her announcement, she has faced harsh criticism from Christine Quinn, who called Nixon, “an unqualified lesbian”. Quinn was angry because Nixon didn’t endorse her during her 2013 campaign for Mayor of New York City. The comment has since sparked debates leading to one of the other problems that Nixon may not be as qualified because of her career as an actress.

Since Donald Trump was elected to office in 2016, many people have had problems with the idea of people from the entertainment industry running for elected office. When Oprah Winfrey gave the appearance that she would run for elected office, bot liberals and conservatives were up in arms that people wanted a billionaire television star to once again run for President. Despite being an activist for years, though, Nixon will still have that stigma attached to her.

However, Nixon’s Sex and the City days are also coming in handy as a comedic side of her. The TBS late night talk show, Conan, showed one of the “attack ad” made by Governor Cuomo. In reality, it is a compilation of clips of her Sex and the City character, Miranda Hobbes. Many people will not forget her comedic brilliance throughout that series, the accompanying two movies as well as the numerous television shows and films to which she has lent her talents.

So for now, we won’t see Cynthia Nixon talking with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Davis and Kim Cattrall about the ups and downs of the Manhattan dating scene. Instead she is taking on a new role, Governor of New York, and, for now, she knows how to play this part.

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