Will her political bid fall victim to bad timing?
Cynthia Nixon announced via her twitter account that she would be running for Governor of New York and within twenty minutes she was the top trending story nationwide.
Cynthia is best known for her Sex and the City role as Miranda the professional, complicated, driven, divisive, independent lawyer while balancing those characteristics with her highly self-conscious and sexually affirmed personal persona. I have to be honest, after Carrie, she was my favorite character, and it's interesting to see life retroactively imitating art, in the professional sense.
Still, I wonder if the modern voter has reached their limit of exposure to the "celebrity turned politician" model. In a post-Trump era (if I'm allowed to call it that) have Trump, Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura and threats of political bids by the likes of Kid Rock created an uphill battle for celebrities to make that professional transition?
Current polls have Cuomo beating Nixon by a wide margin with pollsters citing that Democratic primary voters are "over" celebrities and are instead opting to cast ballots for seasoned politicos with proven track records. I'm old enough to remember when being "the outsider" was a political advantage, my how the times have changed. Now we're just begging for the social media feuds and 140 character threats of world war to chill out.
It would be logical for Cynthia to leverage her stardom as her entertainment career will undoubtedly provide the free reach and attention that other candidates would need to spend the big bucks for. But, the current landscape likely means that her path to a win will be a delicate dance of communicating a clear vision, social media engagement, and her platform. Essentially, voters are looking for a return to more sensible approaches.
This news is interesting, however, and I'm excited to see it unfold. Based on Twitter's reaction, the response to her political bid is a mix of "please no more celebrities" and "take our votes if you'll just fix the damn subway system." Some see her run as more of a strategic push against Cuomo rather than a genuine bid for the governorship.
If you are a New York resident and would like to learn more about Cynthia as a candidate you can find more on her Cynthia for NY website.