After much speculation, actress and activist Cynthia Nixon announced Monday that she is officially throwing her hat in the New York gubernatorial race.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 19, 2018
In the video, she took aim at status quo, pointing to health care, mass incarceration, the broken subway and people living below the poverty line. “Something has to change,” the star said.
She also highlighted the somewhat toxic nature of politics and how people are clearly tired of traditional politicians only concerned for their jobs:
We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.
The “Sex and the City” star will challenge Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic primary in September.
Joining her is a team of alumni of the New York political sphere, including Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers — who worked on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first campaign. Katz will work on the campaign as a senior strategist. Nicole Aro, who recently worked as the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations’ director or digital strategies, will serve as campaign manager.
Nixon’s campaign said in its press release that the candidate will spend the coming weeks traveling across the state to hear from voters.
Nixon’s entry into the race could split state progressives, who have felt burned by Cuomo’s leadership in Albany and repeated clashes with de Blasio.
Watch this space.