On March 19, Cynthia Nixonannounced she was running for governor of New York, after rumors about a possible announcement swirled around the Internet for months. On Wednesday morning, Nixon did her first TV interview since announcing her campaign, on hyper-New York but nationally syndicated Wendy Williams Show. One of her first orders of business? To put all of the chatter about her being a “celebrity candidate” to rest.
“People talk a lot to me about being a celebrity entering this race, but I have to say when Andrew Cuomo ran eight
years ago, he was a celebrity because he was the son of Mario Cuomo . . . and I think that for me, I am running as a New Yorker.”
The Sex and the City star and longtime activist, born and raised in New York City, continued by making the point that her political work has spanned the better part of two decades.
“I am running as a New Yorker, a public-school parent . . . I’m running as a New York City subway rider, but also I have been fighting for better and particularly more equal funding of New York state’s public schools for the last 17 years. And I’ve been going up to Albany talking to legislatures and speaking out, and this year I finally decided the definition of insanity is doing something over and over and over and expecting a different result. If you want it done you actually have to get in there and do it yourself.”
Nixon, who attended the March for Our Lives in D.C. on March 24 with her wife and son Max, said that she sees that people have “such an appetite for change.”
And Nixon didn’t limit her critical eye to politics. Williams managed to ask Nixon why she was not a fan of the Sex and the City 2 scene when Mr. Big surprises Carrie Bradshaw with a large closet that he built for her. Nixon doubled down on her opinion.
“I was a little devastated by that; it seemed to me the show was so much about female empowerment and women making their own choices and standing up for what they wanted and supporting themselves. To have this be a climax of the film that your very wealthy husband built closet for your clothes? I thought wow; that’s not really what you love about the show. ’Cause that’s not what we were making it for.”