Before you start to think that this might be Cynthia Nixon’s latest TV show or mini-series, it’s not. On March 19th, Nixon announced that she was going to run for the seat of governor in New York. In her statement, she brought to the attention of her prospective audience that she lived in New York all of her life and that it is her home. That she came from humble beginnings with her mother in a single bedroom apartment. Her passion for the state and for the political system as a whole was further evidenced by her declarations for the changes that needed to be met.
Some of the political issues she seems to be building her platform on concern the health care system, mass incarceration, as well as the New York City subway system which she considers broken. Considering herself a progressive activist, Cynthia Nixon is running her campaign based on donations given to her by the people. She is reportedly not accepting donations from corporations or special interest groups. Her intentions for her campaign are to be funded by the people instead of these special groups so that they know that she’s earnest about representing their voices.
As you might imagine, this has garnered up quite a bit of debate among the general public. Many who are wary of yet another celebrity holding a political office without prior education for the role. They believe that she should start in a smaller role such as city council to develop experience, and then try her hand at running for governor. Others are noting that her campaign ad depicts the current water-cleaning crisis occurring in Newburgh, New York, believing that her progressive aims may ensure that such shady business doesn’t occur again.
Naturally, there are those who are taking the opportunity to yank her chain a little bit. References to her character as Miranda on the HBO hit show Sex and the City are rampant, especially on Twitter. Whether Nixon can shake the general public from seeing her as her characters will be crucial to earn enough votes for the governor’s seat. With many already weary and wary over celebrities in places of power, she may have a steep hill to climb to secure the office.