Actress Cynthia Nixon may challenge Cuomo for New York governor

Governor Cuomo says he's unconcerned about the possibility of a primary from the left by Cynthia Nixon, and even made a joking linking to the actor and Russian interference in the United States elections.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday appeared to suggest that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may be behind a potential gubernatorial bid by actress Cynthia Nixon.

Asked during an unrelated phone press conference about Nixon possibly challenging him, Cuomo said that "people who may or may not run for governor on both sides of the aisle, that's up to them".

Cuomo faced a challenge in 2014 from the left when a then-unknown Fordham University professor, Zephyr Teachout, garnered a surprising 34 percent in the Democratic primary even though she ran a bare-bones campaign.

He also downplayed questions about Nixon using consultants tied to de Blasio, his frequent political foe.

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"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", she added", according to The New York Times.

Cuomo has said he's interested in seeking a third term in office, but has not yet formally announced his intentions.

Hyers and Katz, like Nixon herself, represent the more progressive wing of the Democratic faction, while Cuomo enjoys supports primarily from more moderate members of the party.

Actress Cynthia Nixon speaks during the "People's State of the Union" event on January 29. "Otherwise you won't last long". Nixon has been one of the mayor's most visible supporters, and her wife, Christine Marinoni, works in his administration as a special adviser for community partnerships in the Department of Education. She continued to criticize Cuomo's achievements in school aid, noting that spending on education is something "parents all across NY state talk to me about". Nixon's name recognition and celebrity status could mean she has a real shot at unseating the incumbent.

She sparked a controversy that same year by stating, "I've been straight, and I've been gay, and gay is better", The New York Times reported.

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