Actress Cynthia Nixon is being floated as a possible primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) in 2018.
“Basically, Gov. Cuomo is shortchanging the children of New York state,” Nixon said on The View in April. “He is not against public schools but he doesn't like to pay for them.”
Nixon, who played Miranda Hobbes on the hit HBO series, argued that Cuomo “is a little more like Betsy DeVos than we like to think he is."
That wasn't Nixon's first time comparing Cuomo to DeVos, President Trump's secretary of Education. In March, she wrote an op-ed blasting Cuomo's education policies, which she called dangerously close to those of DeVos.
"He also wants to increase the number of privately-run charter schools in New York City by more than 50 percent. And he has been a loud proponent of private school tax credits, essentially a backdoor voucher system. These are policies we expect from Betsy DeVos, but from Andrew Cuomo?" Nixon wrote at the time.
Cuomo, who is planning on running next year for a third term as New York's governor, is under attack from progressives in the state. In 2014, liberal professor Zephyr Teachout won an unexpected 34 percent of the vote in her unsuccessful primary bid against Cuomo.
“In the last few years there’s been an earthquake in American politics, and Andrew Cuomo could well be surprised,” Teachout told the Journal.
Other possible contenders in next year's Democratic primary listed by the Journal include Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and former state legislator Terry Gipson.
A spokesman for Cuomo's campaign responded to the Journal by touting the governor's commitment to progressive values.
“Governor Cuomo has the strongest progressive record of any elected official in this country—period—and we look forward to building on that record in the third term,” Bill Mulrow, Cuomo's 2018 campaign chairman, told the Journal.