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Cynthia Nixon Tries to Turn Andrew Cuomo into Rick Lazio

Cynthia Nixon Tries to Turn Andrew Cuomo into Rick Lazio

Calls him “Andrew the Bully”

Cynthia Nixon, the Sex and the City star challenging Andrew Cuomo for governor of New York, is already taking a cue from Hillary Clinton’s playbook by painting Cuomo as a bully.

Hillary used this strategy repeatedly. In 2000, she famously used it against her Senate opponent Rick Lazio. During the 2016 Democratic primary, she used it against Bernie Sanders and then again against Trump in the general election.

Nixon and Cuomo are both Democrats, but Nixon is a gay woman which gives her more points on the progressive scorecard, so naturally, the media is already working on her behalf.

CNN clearly got the talking points:

Cynthia Nixon calls Cuomo ‘Andrew the Bully,’ compares him to Trump

In her first trip to New York’s capital since announcing her gubernatorial campaign, actress Cynthia Nixon on Monday called her primary opponent Governor Andrew Cuomo a “bully” who reminds her of President Donald Trump.

“We’ve all seen it — Andrew The Bully. He bullies other elected officials, he bullies anyone who criticizes him,” Nixon said at a press conference at the Hilton Albany. “It reminds me of the behavior we see from Donald Trump every day. My experience has taught me that there’s only one way to deal with a bully. You have to stand up to him. You have to send a loud, clear message that you will not be bullied.”

The press conference was organized by the Alliance for Quality Education, a group that Nixon has long been associated with that advocates for more state funding for schools.

As did the Washington Post:

Cynthia Nixon blasts Cuomo as ‘bully,’ ‘wannabe Republican’

Actress Cynthia Nixon blasted Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a “bully” and a “wannabe Republican” Monday during her first visit to Albany since announcing her bid for New York governor.

The “Sex and the City” star and public education advocate criticized the two-term governor for not doing enough to ensure equal opportunities for poor and minority students. She also faulted Cuomo’s effort to combat government corruption and said that while he touts himself as a progressive, he’s governed as a member of what she called Albany’s “old boys’ club.”…

Nixon, a 51-year-old New York native and Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner has never held public office, but as an activist she has lobbied extensively for better education funding and advocated for gay rights. She is the mother of three children and if elected would be the state’s first openly gay governor.

Nixon is running to Cuomo’s left, in a preview of the Democratic presidential primary of 2020. Cuomo is currently leading her in polls by double digits, but many people think she has a shot.

Even the conservative writer Stephen Miller recently wrote in the New York Post:

How Cynthia Nixon could give Cuomo the fight of his life

The celebrification of American politics is in full swing, with speculation still humming that Oprah Winfrey could challenge President Trump in 2020. At first blush, “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon’s decision to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary might appear to belong to this trend.

But to write Nixon off as just another Trump-like star attempting to invade politics to simply expand her name and fame would be a grave mistake by Cuomo and allies. Nixon is for real…

At Nixon’s first presser as an official candidate, she declared, “If Washington is a swamp, Albany is a cesspool,” an apparent reference to Joseph Percoco, Cuomo’s close aide and confidant who was convicted on federal charges of fraud and bribery.

Miller goes on to note that Nixon’s biggest challenge will be outside of Manhattan. The tweet below confirms that premise. This is no way to appeal to people living upstate:

In terms of the “bully” rhetoric, if she starts rising in polls, expect to hear more of it. No matter how tired a strategy seems, people running for political office will use one until it doesn’t work anymore.

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Comments

UnCivilServant | March 27, 2018 at 7:08 am

Has anyone to the right of Cuomo declared a candidacy? The only candidates I’ve heard of so far are Left and Even Further Left.

    blah deblah in reply to UnCivilServant. | March 27, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Albany is one of Dante’s rings of Hell.

      guyjones in reply to blah deblah. | March 27, 2018 at 8:45 am

      New York City residents are so self-absorbed and egocentric that they naturally believe that NYC is the center of the universe. But, once one ventures away from the relative prosperity of NYC and Long Island, into western and upstate New York, one encounters longstanding economic depression and its attendant social problems, none of which have been effectively addressed by Dumb-o-crat governors over decades.

        gbear in reply to guyjones. | March 27, 2018 at 12:05 pm

        Hey, I resemble that remark! “From the abject poor of Essex County” sayeth Cuomo the elder.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to guyjones. | March 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        But you got to love the national NYC based MSM outlet (I believe it was) that labeled NIXON as an
        “Unqualified Lesbian!”

    oldgoat36 in reply to UnCivilServant. | March 27, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Defrancisco has announced he is running, but outside of the Syracuse area he isn’t getting much traction. There are a few others, but no stand outs so Godfather Cuomo doesn’t really have much competition from the Republicans.

UnCivilServant | March 27, 2018 at 7:10 am

“Cynthia is no stranger to upstate,” pointing out she stayed at a Skaneateles bed and breakfast last month

I spent a night in Cleveland once (#NeverAgain), that doesn’t mean I have a connection to Ohio.

    NavyMustang in reply to UnCivilServant. | March 27, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Oh! THAT is rich…and as tone deaf as they come!

    I lived upstate for quite a few years and I know the good folks who live there will remember this.

    NYC disdain for upstate NY is palpable. I grew up in Tarrytown, NY. You can see NYC from there. When I visit there, however, and mention I grew up there, I get one of two responses: “oh…you’re from UPSTATE” or “oh….you’re from the country.” Disdain dripping from every word.

    Their despicable attitude just makes me even more happy I left that place decades ago.

    herm2416 in reply to UnCivilServant. | March 27, 2018 at 9:45 am

    What do you want to bet that she only learned how to pronounce it upon her arrival?

      UnCivilServant in reply to herm2416. | March 27, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Yeah, I don’t doubt it. I wonder if the conversation contained a variation of the phrase “That’s not how you spell ‘Skinny Atlas’.”

    Next she will be laying out trap lines and fishing through the ice.

The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy. Politics be’s that way.

I would say that New York deserves what it gets, but the upstate people are evidently doomed to be dominated by the NYC elite. They have my sympathy.

    herm2416 in reply to tarheelkate. | March 27, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Kind of like urban Cook County controlling the rest of Illinois.

    rabidfox in reply to tarheelkate. | March 27, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Illinois, New York, California – all are prime examples of why we have the Electoral College. Can you imagine what the US would look like with those three cities determining our President?

Wow, the Dims found a woman with even less charisma than Secretary Cankles.

Oh, that NY Post

But to write Nixon off as just another Trump-like star attempting to invade politics to simply expand her name and fame would be a grave mistake by Cuomo and allies. Nixon is for real…

Semaphore signal to the militantly somnolent—Trump is for real.

If Nixon’s another Trump, somebody’s in trouble. Fortunately, she’s obviously just more of the same-old, same-old—I see absolutely no danger of anything new being introduced to NY politics.

I had to laugh about her calling Trump a bully.
Guess how she learned how to brand a person?

Someone please inform the New York Post that in this reality “the Trump-like star that attempted to invade politics” is currently President of the United States.

Metaphors. You’re doing it wrong.

NY Post: “Don’t mistake Cindy Nixon’s campaign with that scrappy NFL team that thought they had a chance to take the Super Bowl away from the New England Patriots this year. She”s for real!’

Nope. Try again. Maybe it’s time for another study to remind us how sophisticated and intelligent you New Yorkers are…

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Fen. | March 27, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Correct.

    Appropriate metaphor: C. Nixon is another Nancy Kulp.

Morning Sunshine | March 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

I love upstate. I went to college near Ithaca, and it is a beautiful place with wonderful people. I would live there in a heartbeat, if not for the City dominating the state politics.

At least she’s from New York and not a carpet bagger like Hillary

Another Voice | March 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

Skaneateles?? The suburb for the elites who commute to Syracuse but want their McMansion on the lake?
Had she truly wanted to say I was, I know Up State NY, she would have stayed in anyone of these cities: Elmira, Utica, Binghamton, Watertown, Rochester, Auburn where unemployment still runs high and have lost residents every year for the past 10. Where 40% of families are considered living at a poverty level. Overall state population balanced by NYC illegal immigration residents, redistricting with the loss of 1 congressional seat does not reflect the poverty and devastation which is Up State NY with the exception of Tompkins County, little sister to NY City and the receiver of massive amounts of Private, Fed and State Funding to support Cornell U.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | March 27, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Democrats: “We will release no fine whine before its time.”

Pity they can’t both lose.

I haven’t a clue who any of these people are.
Lost on me.

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