Cynthia Nixon takes aim at Cuomo in first New York…

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon says one of the reasons she's running in the Democratic primary against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is because of the poor condition of New York City's subway system. "The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter". The questions came from an associate of Governor Cuomo's, who was interviewed by the New York Post.

Quinn, a vice chair of the state Democratic Party and Cuomo supporter, denounced Nixon for endorsing Bill de Blasio over her in the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor.

A NY congressman says Cynthia Nixon's jumping into the deep end of politics by running for Governor in their home state. and thinks she needs some floatie lessons first. You have to be qualified and have experience. George Arzt, a Democratic political consultant, said that Ms. Nixon's name recognition may allow her to do better than the last candidate to challenge the governor in the party's primary in 2014. "She isn't qualified to be the governor", Quinn said.

Before Nixon made her long-rumored announcement, Dershowitz wrote, "Cynthia Nixon may run for Gov of NY". One user said, "You literally called her an "unqualified lesbian". "I would never, EVER, criticize someone due to their identity", Quinn tweeted.

"She will listen to us more than the men do and I think she's approachable".

For years, Nixon has also been a player in national politics, campaigning for President Barack Obama's reelection in Florida and Virginia, fighting for marriage equality, and speaking at rallies for Planned Parenthood. Her choice of venue, the Bethesda Healing Center, a church in Brownsville, historically the poorest neighborhood in New York City, suggested she meant it. "It just makes no sense to me", said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who is also gay. "This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership".

Nixon said on Tuesday at her campaign kick off event that she is running as a government outsider. Nixon announced her candidacy Monday.

Cuomo, 60, the son of late New York Governor Mario Cuomo, is seeking his third term.

Ms. Nixon is a native New Yorker, the mother of three children and a long-time advocate for education issues.

Pledging to do things differently from "big corporate Democrat", she delivered a short stump speech, promising to fix New York's "broken" subway, shore up the US$15 (RM58.76) an hour minimum wage, foster renewable energy, and end racial and economic inequality. And that's why, until I see enough evidence that Cynthia Nixon can be an effective leader to change my mind, I'm not with her.

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