Miranda Hobbes would definitely approve.
Rumors are swirling that former Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon may be throwing her hat into the race for governor of New York in 2018. While the source of these rumors is not clear, Nixon has acknowledged that she’s aware of the chatter, though she’s not saying whether she’s running.
On NBC’s TODAY’s Take this week, the actress and activist was asked about her political aspirations and gave a very non-yes/no answer: “I think there are a lot of people who would like me to run for a variety of reasons. And I think the No. 1 is education.”
Cynthia Nixon: From Sex and the City to Politics
Since her star-making role as lawyer Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s Sex and the City (1998-2004), Cynthia Nixon has continued to flex her acting muscle, appearing on shows like The Big C, 30 Rock, and The Affair. Earlier this year, she appeared on Broadway with Laura Linney in a revival of Lilian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, for which she won Best Featured Actress in a Play at the Tony Awards in June.
In recent years, Nixon has become a prominent activist on issues such as LGBTQ equality and public education. She met her wife, Christine Marinoni, an education organizer, in 2001 while working on the issue of reducing public school class sizes in New York City.
Nixon displayed her passion for activism during her Tony Award acceptance speech this summer. Referencing Hellman, Nixon said, “Eighty years ago, [Hellman] wrote, ‘There are people who eat the earth and eat all the people on it and other people who just stand around and watch them do it.’ My love, my gratitude, and my undying respect go out to all the people in 2017 who are refusing to just stand and watch them do it.”
Already a star and with a strong command of many issues, Nixon could be a serious contender if she decides to run. According to the Alliance for Quality Education, “She knows her way around New York State politics, is a very thoughtful and intelligent leader, and brings a pizzazz that would really excite voters.”
If Nixon decides to enter the gubernatorial race in New York, she’ll have to face off against the current governor, Andrew Cuomo, in the Democratic primary.
What do you think? Should Cynthia Nixon run for governor of New York?