Despite her lack of political experience, it seems that Cynthia Nixon is making headway in her race for the New York Governor seat.
Last week, Cynthia Nixon made headlines for a witty line she gave while speaking about her opponent at a dinner.
While speaking to the attendees of the annual Legislative Correspondents Association dinner earlier this month, Nixon unabashedly shared her opinion on the state’s current governor, Andrew Cuomo.
“Andrew Cuomo is known for dirty politics but I have to give credit where it’s due,” Nixon told the crowd. “His history of cutthroat campaigns, helped inspire my campaign’s new slogan.”
It was then that Nixon stated the line, “Vote for the Homo, not for the Cuomo.”
That said, it wasn’t Nixon that thought up the line. Rather, she flipped an original slogan on its head.
In 1977, Cuomo’s father, Mario Cuomo, was running for mayor of New York City against Ed Koch. During the campaigning process, posters appeared across the city with the slogan, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.” While Andrew, who was a part of his father’s campaign, denied being in involved with the flyers, Koch blamed the Cuomos.
But saying a catchy slogan just shows that Nixon is witty. Does that prove that she should win office? Not quite. But, gaining powerful allies can certainly help her.
New York’s progressive Working Families Party has recently announced its endorsement of Cynthia Nixon during its annual convention at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church.
If Nixon loses the gubernatorial primary on September 13, she will still be on the Working Families Party’s ballot for the November general election. That said, she hasn’t commented on whether she would opt for that yet.
Meanwhile, polls show that Cuomo is currently in the lead when it comes to public approval.
As the Seattle Pi reports:
“A Quinnipiac University poll released May 2 found 50 percent of registered Democratic voters favor Cuomo compared to 28 percent for Nixon. The poll of 1,076 New York state voters conducted April 26 to May 1 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.”
So, it looks like Cynthia Nixon still has more to go in terms of campaigning and gaining the people’s trust. Will she be able to do it in time for the election?
h/t: New York Daily News, The Cut, Seattle Pi