Cynthia Nixon plays down last name to avoid Richard Nixon references

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The liberal activist and "Sex and the City" actress took aim at Cuomo in her first official campaign appearance, telling the audience at the Bethesda Healing Center in Brooklyn that she had just made it to the event "in the nick of time" because of subway delays that she blamed on "Cuomo's MTA".

After her speech, Nixon spoke with community members about their concerns and what they wanted from their governor.

Christine Quinn, former New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate, who has been a special advisor to Cuomo, and who is vice Chair of the State Democratic Party, called Nixon an "unqualified lesbian". Being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office.

Quinn clarified her comments in a series of tweets after her interview was published Tuesday, writing in part, "Cynthia Nixon's identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did". "Being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office". "Participating in rallies is important".

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Nixon's political awakening came in the early 2000s when she began dating education activist Christine Marinoni, the director of New York's Alliance for Quality Education.

I know what you're thinking: what a niche NY story that would only impact the lives of real New Yorkers! Could Cuomo, who is part of a NY political dynasty, be bumped off? NY does not have term limits for governor.

Quinn, a Cuomo ally and his hand-picked vice chairwoman of the state Democratic party, reportedly said that even though she was a "qualified lesbian" when she ran for mayor in 2013, Nixon endorsed Mayor de Blasio in the primary. The decision was met with immediate support from her former costars, but Quinn is definitely not in her corner.

"But she's never run an organization", she continues.

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"Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in NY, despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials".

"I can't think of a worse time to pick some holier than thou contest with a guy who has a great progressive record".

"His inhumane budgets have been passed on the backs of our children, our elderly, our working class, and people of color", she said. It's time for an outsider. Despite her lack of experience, it looks like Nixon has a pretty good grasp of the political game so far.

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