Amy Schumer flips on Cynthia Nixon, will vote for Andrew Cuomo

Ruben Ruiz
September 13, 2018

Entertainers including rappers Nicki Minaj and T.I.to actresses Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham have spoken out in recent days as Nixon, a liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star, looks to pull off an upset over Cuomo, who is seeking a third term. The New York Times reported that the Cuomo administration offered incentives for the contractor to finish the job before the primary, and Cuomo's insistence that the state does not control the Tappan Zee contrasts with his self-presentation as an effective and engaged manager. Supporters rallied to Nixon's defense by pointing to the shoddy basis of the mailer's accusations and the fact that Nixon - who is not herself Jewish - is raising two Jewish sons from a previous relationship.

Making a pit stop at the Upper West Side eatery on Sunday while on the campaign trail, Cynthia Nixon ordered a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox and capers.

Still, Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf said Mr. Cuomo was given a gift when Ms. Nixon ran too far to the left.

Not only does he need to win big, but his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, is facing a tight race.

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In an interview with Reuters last week, Nixon said: "I feel people are going to be very surprised on Thursday", and cited victories she felt her campaign had already scored. Cuomo maintains a 40 point lead over his challenger, according to the latest polling. After a slow start, she attracted money and endorsements - including a New York Times endorsement that is front and center in all of her advertisements.

In the video, Schiff said that people in NY are "tired of the cynical, self-serving corporate Democrats" and that they want to see "courageous, honest Democrats". Party Director Geoff Berman later said the mailer was a mistake, and Cuomo's spokeswoman acknowledged that two former aides volunteering on the campaign were behind the piece. "But I love her and think if anyone is inclined voting Nixon is cool".

If Nixon can muster a higher turnout on her behalf compared to Cuomo, then she might be able to exceed expectations. "She was a fine actor, but not a great gubernatorial candidate", he said. Cuomo came into office eight years ago promising to reform the state government. Mr. Sheinkopf said. "It is too close to call".

Cynthia Nixon wants to become the first woman and first openly gay governor of America's fourth most populous state, which leans Democrat but has upstate areas that voted for Donald Trump.

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