Unlike Oprah, it looks like another celebrity might actually run for office: Cynthia Nixon—best known as Miranda in Sex and the City—is exploring the possibility of throwing her hat in the New York governor’s race. If she did, the five-time Golden Globe nominee would challenge incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic primary this coming September. Nixon, 51, has been fairly active in New York politics for years.
“Many concerned New Yorkers have been encouraging Cynthia to run for office, and as she has said previously, she will continue to explore it,” Rebecca Sides Capellan, Nixon's spokeswoman said, adding, “If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public.”
According to USA Today, Nixon and two other Democrats are considering facing Cuomo, who is vying for a third term in November, and is a likely 2020 presidential candidate. Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner is considering running, and former Hudson Valley Sen. Terry Gipson has already launched his campaign.
Per NY1, Nixon has started choosing her staff as she prepares to jump into the competitive campaign. Insiders say Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyers are predicted to play a huge part; the two veterans were vital assets in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first campaign for mayor.
However, a few progressive groups contend that Nixon is still currently weighing her options.
“We’re hoping that somebody comes forward, and we’re hoping that either Stephanie or Cynthia Nixon run, but neither one has indicated to us that they are near a decision,” said Arthur Schwartz, an organizer for the New York Progressive Action Network.
In August 2017, Nixon joined the Today show and declared, “There are a lot of people who would like me to run. And I think for a variety of reasons, but I think the No. 1 is education.” She continued to criticize Cuomo’s achievements in school aid, noting that spending on education is something “parents all across New York state talk to me about.”