San Juan mayor endorses Cynthia Nixon in New York gov race

San Juan mayor endorses Cynthia Nixon in New York gov race

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Friday endorsed actress and activist Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in New York.

“I met Cynthia five years ago. In one conversation, we spoke about education, equal rights, housing issues and the LGBT community," Cruz said in a statement. "Cynthia has long been a part of the social activism scene and, as the daughter of a single mother, she knows what it is to work hard to get what one wants.”

"Her plans to reform voting to give more people a chance to be heard is a breath of fresh air in an era where voter suppression, terrible as it may be, seems to be the guiding principle,” she added.

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Nixon, in a statement, thanked Cruz for her endorsement, writing “I am so honored to have Mayor Cruz’s support. She captured the nation’s attention when she stood up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and she inspired me personally. We need more fearless women like her leading our country.” 

Cruz and Nixon have both been vocal critics of President Trump. Cruz rose to prominence in the mainland U.S. last year when she condemned Trump for the White House’s reaction to Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico. 

Nixon is facing off against incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the primary.

Cuomo has garnered a number of high-profile endorsements, including from The New York Times and prominent politicians such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 It's Bernie Sanders vs. Elizabeth Warren in New Hampshire Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus MORE, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation builds for Mueller report Kamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus MORE (D-N.Y.).

Cuomo leads Nixon by substantial margins in most polls.