When Cynthia Nixon challenges New York incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the state’s Democratic primary this September, it won’t be without support — from other celebrities and her friends. Several of Nixon’s Sex and the City costars have come out with endorsements for her, including Sarah Jessica Parker, who just backtracked on a more neutral statement to officially endorse Nixon’s candidacy.
“A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY’er. A dear friend,” Parker wrote in an Instagram post featuring a portrait shot of Nixon. “Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”
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@cynthiaenixon A mother An activist An advocate A fighter A NY'er A dear friend Running for Governor of our great state. My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote. To learn more, read about @cynthiaenixon or donate go to https://cynthiafornewyork.com/ Xx, SJ
Before this endorsement, Parker released a statement via a rep, saying, “Cynthia has been my friend and colleague since we were little girls. I look forward to talking to her about her New York State gubernatorial bid.” Her enthusiastic endorsement is a 180 from her initially cool acknowledgment of Nixon’s candidacy.
Kim Cattrall, who has been publicly feuding with her former costars for years, was similarly noncommittal.
I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices. https://t.co/zae7nJ6VFi
— Kim Cattrall (@KimCattrall) March 22, 2018
“I support & respect any former colleague’s right to make their own career choices,” she wrote on Twitter after Nixon announced her bid.
Meanwhile, Kristin Davis offered her immediate support, writing, “I am so proud of @CynthiaNixon , no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know that she would be an excellent Governor!”
I am so proud of @CynthiaNixon , no one cares more than she does about EVERY person getting a fair change and a good education. I know that she would be an excellent Governor ! https://t.co/xEAyRxFBb8
— Kristin Davis (@KristinDavis) March 19, 2018
David Eisenberg, who played Miranda’s husband Steve on SATC, and Lynn Cohen, who played her housekeeper Magda, both also endorsed Nixon.
Happy to see my friend running to help all the great folks of NY state!#NIXON4NY A wonderful and smart and most of all …deeply ethical person. Go forward Cynthia, Serving the people of New York #education! pic.twitter.com/C50t7RxVoN
— David Eigenberg (@DavidEigenberg) March 21, 2018
So did Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch.
Outside the SATC world, though, Nixon isn’t quite as popular. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has already announced her support for Cuomo over Nixon. Her spokesperson told New York Daily News, “Kirsten is a friend of Governor Cuomo’s and supports his campaign. He’s been a leader on issues she cares deeply about like marriage equality, paid family leave, and campus sexual assault to name a few. She believes he deserves to be reelected.”
Some voters are already lauding Nixon for her stances on New York’s widening wealth gap, declining public education system and outdated subway. She’s particularly popular among former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ Democratic-Socialist fan base. Her platform focuses largely on tackling inequality, and she also criticizes Cuomo, implying that he’s not a “real Democrat.”
“He let the Republicans gerrymander their own districts to suppress Democratic voters, especially voters of color. Then, when Democrats still won a majority, he cut a backroom deal that allowed Republicans to take over the State Senate through the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) — a group of breakaway Democrats who voted with the Republicans to hand them control, and with it, the power to block almost all of our key Democratic legislative priorities,” she writes on her campaign website. “Andrew Cuomo has given massive tax breaks to corporations and the super rich while starving the state and its cities of the most basic services and decimating our infrastructure. His inhumane budgets have been passed on the backs of our children, our working and middle class, and our elderly.”
But Nixon has been criticized for her lack of governing experience, prompting former Cuomo staffer Christine Quinn to call her an “unqualified lesbian.” Nixon has since fired back, writing on Twitter, “When I announced yesterday that I’m running for gov, one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an ‘unqualified lesbian.’ It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.”
“When I announced yesterday that I’m running for gov, one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an “unqualified lesbian.” It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.” 🤷♀️
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 21, 2018
Her fan base has since adopted “unqualified lesbian” as something of a campaign slogan, and Nixon is now selling campaign merch branded with the phrase.
With six months to go before the primary, there’s still a lot of campaign left to run. And while Nixon may face an uphill battle asking Democrats, who are understandably gun-shy about voting for celebrities in the Trump era, for their votes, she’s already making waves in what is sure to be an interesting race.