Challenge to Cuomo good for New York
Mar 20, 2018 | 2748 views | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This week, “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon announced that she would challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary this year.

Her chances of becoming the first female and openly gay governor of the Empire State seem like a long shot right now. A recent Siena poll shows her trailing the two-term incumbent 66 to 19 percent, and Cuomo is currently sitting on $30 million in campaign funds that he can spread around to curry favor.

On top of that, New Yorkers might be sick of celebrities getting involved in politics, which could work against Nixon.

While we won't profess to know much about where Nixon stands on the issues or if she is qualified to hold the post of governor, she comes across as a smart person and has contemplated this run for a while, so it's not a rash decision.

Plus, she has tapped a lot of seasoned pros to work on her campaign, including Zephyr Teachout, who shocked political insiders when she challenged Cuomo in the last election and got over 30 percent of the primary vote.

But this isn't an endorsement for either candidate, that will come this summer.

However, whatever you think of Nixon and her qualifications, it's inherently good for our political system if our incumbents don't get too comfortable in their positions.

You could make the argument that the corruption trial of Cuomo right-hand man Joseph Percoco, as well as what appears to be more trouble for the governor on the horizon in the Buffalo Billion program, are the results of somebody who is too comfortable in office.

Add to that the pressure being put on Cuomo by transportation advocates for the sorry, sorry state of the city's mass transit system, and it could be an uncomfortable year in Albany.

One advantage Nixon has over any other candidate is her star power. She is sure to command a crowd wherever she goes, even if it is just gawkers looking to get a glimpse of celebrity. Her message and attacks on Cuomo will at the very least have an audience.

Cuomo probably still feels pretty confident about his chances in September, but it's a good for our Democracy for him to at least feel like he has to make a case for himself to the voters and not just coast to re-election.

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