ALBANY – Cynthia Nixon, former “Sex and the City” star, confirmed on national television Tuesday that she is getting encouragement to run a Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018.
“I think there are a lot of people who would like me to run, and I think for a variety of reasons, but I think the number one is education,’’ Nixon said on the "Today" show.
She has visited the state Capitol over the years as part of a campaign to drive more money to lower income school districts. A resident of New York City, Nixon has three children who are in or finished in that public school system.
Nixon, whose name was first floated last week in a Wall Street Journal article, is among several Democrats eyeing a possible primary against Cuomo. Several Republicans also are taking a look at challenging Cuomo if he seeks re-election to a third term in 2018.
Cuomo has stockpiled nearly $26 million in his campaign account, perhaps dissuading potential challengers. But his poll numbers have been declining, there are daily headlines about problems with the New York City subway system that he controls, and two corruption trials – which began with a probe of the Buffalo Billion program – are set to begin next year.
A federal judge last week set June 11 for the start of jury selection in the Buffalo Billion case that includes charges against three former LPCiminelli executives over the bidding that led to its selection as contractor for the solar plant at RiverBend in Buffalo.
Cuomo has faced pressure from the more liberal wing of the Democratic Party. In 2014, law school professor Zephyr Teachout captured 37 percent of the vote against Cuomo in the Democratic primary.
On Tuesday, Nixon lashed out at Cuomo over education funding. While education aid from Albany has gone up under Cuomo, Nixon said the gap between wealthy and poor districts keeps rising.