Could Cynthia Nixon be the latest celebrity to throw her hat into the political arena?
That’s the news coming from no less a source than the Wall Street Journal, which reported last week that the former “Sex and the City” star is considering running for governor of the state of New York.
Nixon addressed rumours of her run during a Tuesday appearance on “Today”, when guest host John Cena asked if she had heard rumours she was planning a run for governor. “Yes, I have heard those rumours as well,” she said.
“Today” host Al Roker, however, wouldn’t let her get away that easily, and asked if she’d “care to comment on those rumours.” She remained coy, replying: “I’ve heard ’em. I’ve read ’em.”
Roker then tried the point-blank approach: “Are you going to run for governor?”
“You know, I think there are a lot of people who would like me to run,” she admitted. “And I think for a variety of reasons, but I think the number one is education. I’ve got three kids who are in public school or came through the public school system. And we’ve got a real problem on our hands in New York state.”
Roker continued to push: “Can you make an announcement today?”
Nixon responded with a smile, “I cannot!” So, he asked, “Will you come here to do it?” Still smiling, she told him, “I cannot make that statement either.”
Nixon’s comments come at the 2:20 mark, below:
According to WSJ, Nixon has been approached by liberal groups encouraging her to take on incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Nixon has been active in local New York politics for years, particularly in the area of public education.
“She’d be a fantastic candidate,” said Billy Easton, executive director of the teachers union-supported Alliance for Quality Education, reports the New York Daily News, noting that Easton has worked with Nixon on state education issues.
“She’s the sort of unusual suspect who actually excites people in this moment of time,” Easton added.
A rep for the actress told ET Canada “No comment” when asked about her political aspirations.