Cynthia Nixon’s quixotic campaign for governor of New York is beginning to show signs of desperation. Cuomo’s lead in the polls is holding, and Nixon is responding with transparent appeals to the far left.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently grabbed the spotlight in New York politics by winning a primary as a Democratic Socialist. Cynthia Nixon clearly wants some of that attention.

Jimmy Vielkind reports at Politico:

Cynthia Nixon: I’m a democratic socialist

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon considers herself a democratic socialist, she told POLITICO on Tuesday.

Nixon, an actor best known for her role in “Sex and the City,” is running a left-flank challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary this September. She has promised to raise taxes on the rich to increase funding for public schools and mass transit, and she supports a single-payer health care system.

Nixon spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said that the campaign has been in touch with members of the Democratic Socialists of America, which backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as Julia Salazar, a state Senate candidate in Brooklyn who has cross-endorsed Nixon. In an email passed along by Hitt, Nixon told POLITICO that she sees herself in their vein…

During an interview with The Dig podcast, Nixon said she disagreed with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s negative response to a question about whether Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise primary victory over Rep. Joe Crowley meant socialism was ascendant in the Democratic Party.

“I think Nancy Pelosi is dead wrong, I think that is exactly what is happening,” Nixon said. “I think that of course wealthy people and big corporations have always had an outsized influence on American politics and world politics, but at this moment, when you look at what the agendas of corporations are and you look at governmental policies, there is almost no daylight between them.”

This reaction from Stephen Miller is spot on:

Nixon is getting creative with fundraising, as well. She’s giving away a bong that has been signed by celebrities.

Joseph Spector reports at the Democrat & Chronicle:

Bong contest: Cynthia Nixon’s plan to raise campaign cash

Here’s one way to try to smoke your opponent: Hold a campaign contest to win a bong.

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon is offering a bong signed by the stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City to a random campaign supporter in an effort to boost her candidacy.

The contest’s website includes an option to contribute to Nixon’s campaign, but no contribution is required to enter.

“This may be a silly contest but it’s a serious issue,” her campaign said on its website.

Critics knocked the fundraiser, but Nixon said it’s another way to raise awareness about the importance of legalizing recreational marijuana.

This no longer looks like a serious campaign.