Cuomo's Democratic Challenger Is an 'Unqualified Lesbian — Liberal CNN Contributor

Left Robin Marchant right Dimitrios Kambouris both Getty Images

Facing criticism for her comments, Quinn took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to explain herself. I want to be clear about that. "I would never, EVER, criticize someone due to their identity". She added, "I'm excited to support someone I have know for 20 years to be one of the most intelligent and caring people in my life". "And I know it's imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office".

Cynthia Nixon has been labelled "an unqualified lesbian" by a leading figure in NY politics.

"I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us".

"Gov. Cuomo's accomplished [a lot] including a $15 minimum wage, opposing fracking and she's on record supporting the governor on marriage equality", Quinn argued. Kirsten Gillibrand is backing Gov. Cuomo in his primary race against actress Cynthia Nixon, the Daily News has learned.

To be clear, Cynthia Nixon's identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did.

In an interview with New York Post published on Wednesday, Quinn slammed Nixon for endorsing Bill de Blasio over her in the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor.

"Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City", said Quinn.

"Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of NY".

Nixon went on to criticize inequality in the state, which she blamed on policy choices like tax cuts for corporations and wealthier New Yorkers, and called out corruption in state government. You have to be qualified and have experience. Participating in rallies is important. "But she's never run an organization".

However, she did not retract her assessment of the actress as unqualified. "This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership".

While Nixon has been an education activist for many years, her fame could cut both ways in the coming months. It's time for an outsider.

She said the state could have tackled a range of issues, from fully funding public schools to fixing the beleaguered subway system and enacting campaign finance reform.

The event in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn came one day after the actress declared she was taking on two-time Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, the scion of a political dynasty in the Empire State.



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