At the kickoff event for her campaign on Tuesday, Ms. Nixon laced into Mr. Cuomo, a two-term governor.
"Her being a lesbian and my being a lesbian" is not the issue, Nixon said, adding that the race should be about "the corruption in Albany".
In Cuomo's first public remarks since Nixon, an education activist, declared she would challenge him for the Democratic Party's nomination, Cuomo said in Manhattan, "We're in a democracy, anybody can run, anybody can say whatever they want to say". "Another candidate has stepped forward, and she clearly has the resources and infrastructure that are needed to secure a place on the ballot and win". And Quinn's comments came as she contrasted her own candidacy for New York City mayor as a "qualified lesbian". Then she ran for Congress in an upstate purple district, losing narrowly to Republican Rep. John Faso.
Quinn, who is also an openly gay politician, went on to express some harsh opinions of Nixon's latest career choice.
Nixon has been an active voice for freedom and human rights among the New York Jewish community, despite not being Jewish herself. I was planning, instead, to hear her out, given that I am largely unsatisfied with Andrew, who has proven annoyed me by feuding with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio when he should be doing right by the people who pay most of the taxes around here. which is us New Yorkers. While I won't say that they don't matter, they really don't matter in the traditional sense of job hunting.
Behind the scenes, Quinn was obviously doing the hit on behalf of her ally, Gov. Cuomo - who surely wanted the "unqualified" point hit hard, with the "lesbian" bit left unspoken.
Online response to Quinn's statement was fast and furious, not just because Quinn called Nixon "unqualified", but because she bi-erased the actress. While falling short of apologizing, she said it was not her intention to suggest "Nixon's identity has any bearing on her candidacy". "Being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office". In a series of tweets Tuesday, Quinn attempted to clarify her inflammatory statement to the Post.
"I can't think of a worse time to pick some holier than thou contest with a guy who has a great progressive record".
"I've got to say, I'm not anti-Chris Quinn". I suppose so, since she's never held elected office before. He questioned her strategy of focusing so heavily on city issues, including problems with the MTA. 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.