Cynthia Nixon said in a new interview that a person of color should run against Andrew Cuomo in the next Democratic primary.
The left-leaning “Sex and the City” star, who attempted to beat the centrist New York Governor for the party’s 2018 nomination, also told Variety that she won’t run again herself in 2022.
“I know we will have a great challenger. I will be supporting whoever that challenger is,” she said. “But I also think it would be really, really helpful to have a person of color challenge Andrew Cuomo.”
The Tony-winner did give some grudging respect to the Governor for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, but is clearly unimpressed overall.
“It’s just very much like what happened in 2001 with Rudolph Giuliani, a mayor that I was not a fan of,” the 54-year old actress explained. “He had a moment: He had a crisis when New York needed him. And in that moment, he showed bravery and he comforted people, but that didn’t change all the terrible things about when he was mayor. But it made him a symbol and a hero for people who needed and wanted to see bravery.
She added: “Right then, the thing about Andrew Cuomo — as has always been true of him — is that he can inspire people with his rhetoric. I admire his broadcasts, and I think that was something he did well, but the fact of the matter is, he didn’t shut us down soon enough.”
Nixon, whose 9-year-old son Max attends a New York City public school also blasted the state’s approach to reopening schools.
“We spent so much money building hospitals out of thin air,” she exclaimed, “but there is none of that approach when it comes to making sure that when 1.1 million schoolchildren go back to school — that ride public transportation and carry germs home to their families.
“This seems to me like a perfect storm for a real eruption of the pandemic, because we’re not investing and we’re taking so few precautions.”
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