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Cynthia Nixon Responds to Criticism After Announcing Run for Governor of New York

Cynthia Nixon Responds to Criticism After Announcing Run for Governor of New York

Cynthia Nixon is speaking out in her first in-person interview since revealing that she’s running for Governor of New York.

Here’s what the actress and activist had to say…

On the biggest issue for New Yorkers: “When I’m speaking to people in low-income communities of color, there are a number of issues that keep popping up: protecting undocumented people, the subways, and a whole host of things. But, by far, the number one issue that keeps coming up is the lack of affordable housing and the tyranny of landlords. Our government, particularly in New York state, is so owned by the real estate lobby. Our rent laws have been shredded.”

On her qualifications being questioned she’s a celebrity:Andrew Cuomo is a celebrity politician because he was Mario Cuomo’s son. He is in a political celebrity family, and I am in a theatrical celebrity family. He was also a celebrity when he ran. But I don’t know. To me, celebrity seems like a distraction. It seems to me that the thing that is happening in the city and the state and this country is this vast gap. We have so much wealth here. You know, the thing I said last night that the top one percent of New Yorkers earn 45 times what the other 99 percent earn combined. I mean that is a staggering statistic.”

On why being “unqualified” is actually a strength: “We talk a lot about outsiders, but sometimes a little naïveté is exactly what is needed. With a jaded system everybody says, ‘Yeah, well, that’s the way it is.’ You need somebody to come and say, ‘Why? Why is that the way it is?’ Don’t try to tell me that I don’t have a right to stand here and say, ‘I want to be Governor, because I think you’re doing a lousy job. Nobody is talking about the things that you’re not doing, so I am going to do it.’”

For more from Cynthia, visit Glamour.com.

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  • gwen

    Its good that she’s taking her shot but she doesn’t have a chance of winning.

  • USWeeklyHatesComments

    I’m progressively liberal in my life.  I applaud those who see a need for change and want to fix broken systems.  But please, for the love of God, start at the bottom and work your way up.  Politics is hard, the law is hard, running a state or a country is hard. 

    Having no political experience and jumping into the political world in the big fish tank is like not knowing how you swim, being towed 1000ft. from the shore, thrown in and then told to swim in shark infested water to the shore.  AND you have to tow 8 million people with you, by your teeth and get them all safely to the shore.

    START IN THE KIDDIE POOL AND WORK YOUR WAY UP.  And I say this to people like Cynthia, or Stacy Dash thinking she can run for congress ore Senate whatever, or some moron running for president, or some Home Depot worker who thinks they can be governor without any experience.  Start small, and them work your way up. 

    I think Donald Trump has proven, you can. really fuck up a country without experience.

  • M9365

    This woman understands nothing about economics or renting laws.

  • Ram

    thats what we thought about trump :-/ ugh

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