Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon announced on Monday she would run for governor of New York.
She is famous for the television series “Sex and the City.”
Nixon, 51 took to Twitter to say,” I Love New York, and today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor.”
It was accompanied by a more than 2 minutes 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.” Without taking anyone’s name.
Her campaign sets up a battle between a celebrity on Decomcratic left and a moderate governor often regarded as a possible candidate for President in 2020.
60-year-old Cuomo is the son of late New York Governor Mario Cuomo. He is seeking a third term.
The general election will begin on November 6. If successful in the primary and general elections, Nixon would become New York’s female and first openly gay governor.
She was a star cast in HBO television series from 1998 to 2004. The show was about four women in New York City. Tony Award-winning stage actress, Nixon has worked in two feature films.
Cuomo’s office had no immediate comment.
According to result released on Monday an opinion poll by Siena College, Cuomo held a lead over Nixon of 66 percent to 19 percent. It was prior to her announcement. The poll was conducted from March 11-16 on the telephone.
In 2014 re-election a primary challenger Zephyr Teachout contested Cuomo and had roughly 34 percent votes as compared to Cuomo’s 62 percent.