Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney
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Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star and New York gubernatorial candidate, endorsed Democrat Rana Abdelhamid on Tuesday in her primary challenge to longtime Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyHouse panel to examine states' abortion restrictions, hear from three congresswomen who've had abortions Overnight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels MORE (D-N.Y.).

“It’s time for a new generation of progressive leadership, for someone who will fight for every single neighborhood, not just the rich on the Upper East Side,” Nixon said in a statement. 

“That’s why I’m proud to endorse Rana for Congress in NY-12, and why I’m thrilled to see progressives uniting behind the movement she’s building for housing justice, climate justice, and economic justice in this district.”

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The endorsement throws a bit of star power behind Abdelhamid’s bid to unseat Maloney, who has represented a New York City-based congressional district for nearly three decades and currently serves as the chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee. 

Abdelhamid, a community organizer, launched her campaign in April with the support of Justice Democrats, the influential progressive group that has a track record of backing successful primary challenges in New York. 

The group supported Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFeehery: The confidence game Democrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' MORE (D-N.Y.) in her successful 2018 bid to oust former Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and was also instrumental in Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s (D-N.Y.) primary campaign last year against former Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelNYC snafu the latest flub from a broken elections agency Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney Democrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department MORE (D-N.Y.). 

Nixon gained significant attention in 2018 during her ultimately unsuccessful challenge to New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoZeldin says he's in remission after treatment for leukemia Letitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight MORE (D). She’s remained active in the political scene since then, throwing her support behind a number of progressives candidates. 

On Tuesday, she voiced support for India Walton, a socialist who defeated incumbent Byron Brown last week in the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo, N.Y.