Cuomo jokes about Cynthia Nixon's possible primary challenge

Nixon may be moving closer to a decision on whether to run for governor of New York. Credit Jason Decrow  A

Asked Wednesday in a conference call with reporters if he thought the mayor, a Democratic rival, was playing a role in Nixon's potential bid, Cuomo remarked: "I think it was probably either the mayor of NY or Vladimir Putin ..."

NY1 reported that Nixon has started to build a campaign staff, which includes two people who worked on de Blasio's first mayoral campaign.

Katz and Hyers used to advise Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is frequently at odds with Cuomo.

Ms. Nixon, best known for her role in the "Sex and the City" franchise, would also be New York's first female and openly gay governor, if elected.

NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink will have more on the story at noon on NY1.

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", her publicist told The Times. "Otherwise you won't last long".

Nixon told NBC's "Today" show in August that there were "a lot of people who would like me to run".

"You can't let these things bother you".

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A Nixon candidacy would inevitably also been seen as another chapter in the long-running feud between Blasio and Mr. Cuomo. When asked about the possibility of Cynthia running for governor, Mr. Andrew said on Tuesday, March 6, "On people who may or not run for governor on both sides of the aisle, we'll deal with that as it progresses".

She recently took a swipe at "corporate Democrats" during her acceptance speech at the Human Right's Campaign's New York Gala, where she received a Visibility Award.

Nixon has been very vocal about the importance of women and people of color running for office.

Asked later whether Nixon's name recognition could impact the race, Cuomo compared her with bigger stars.

Ms. Nixon's Instagram feed has showed her making visits in 2018 across NY, including in Montauk, Skaneateles and Binghamton.

Ms. Nixon was on the stage in January as Blasio was sworn in for a second term.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is contemplating a primary challenge to the Democratic governor, while former Hudson Valley Sen.

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