Vote Nixon! Cynthia Nixon, That Is.
Political activist and former actress, Cynthia Nixon officially announced her candidacy for Governor of New York yesterday via a video posted on her Twitter account. Within less than 40 minutes, she was the number one trending topic on Twitter, and the video had over a million views in less than a day.
While it’s clear that Nixon’s celebrity status has already proven to be a key strength in her campaign, it is causing a great deal of backlash as well. Since yesterday, the inevitable stream of demeaning comments regarding her qualifications have come pouring in.
It’s no surprise that several of the negative comments refer to her well known role on the show, “Sex and the City.” The most popular being, “I know Cynthia Nixon played a New York lawyer on TV. Does she have any other relevant experience to be governor of New York?” which was tweeted by David Lazarus from the Los Angeles Times.
The irony here is that Nixon actually has a great deal more experience that qualifies her to go into politics than her male counterparts who made the switch from screen to podium. If the “Kindergarten Cop” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) can do it, why can’t Nixon? Especially since, Nixon has been a political activist for over a decade, whereas Schwarzenegger simply married into politics, and let’s not even get started on how underqualified the current leader of our nation is.
Over the years, Nixon has been a strong advocate for marriage equality as well as public school reform. In 2011, she lobbied for same-sex marriage in New York and worked with the Fight Back New York PAC to vote out politicians who didn’t support marriage equality. She is also a spokesperson for the Alliance for Quality Education and was arrested in 2002 while protesting proposed school budget cuts.
However, her passion, accomplishments and qualifications tend to get looked over due to her gender and sexual orientation. Instead of being seen as a serious candidate, Nixon has been referred to as an “unqualified lesbian.” Nixon’s opponent and current Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo was among the critics making fun of her celebrity status and acting as if he doesn’t see her as a real opponent.
Nixon had this to say in response to Cuomo and his administration, “If Washington is a swamp, Albany is a cesspool. Andrew Cuomo promised to clean up Albany but instead he and his cronies have cleaned up for themselves. There is a reason that people close to Andrew Cuomo keep winding up under indictment for corruption.” By the sound of it, Nixon isn’t too shaken up by her opponent or his demeaning comments.
It’s like she says in her campaign video, “Something has to change. We want our government to work again, on health care, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. 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.”
Cynthia Nixon is definitely shaking things up and making a change. If elected, she will become the first female governor and the first openly gay governor in New York history.
Check out Cynthia Nixon’s Candidacy Video!