Cynthia Nixon: 5 issues she’s using against Andrew Cuomo

Rochester Democrat and Chronical

Cynthia Nixon wasted no time attacking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his policies after launching her bid to unseat him.

The Sex and the City star made a big splash when she posted her first political video March 19 that’s since been viewed more than 2.5 million times on Twitter.

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The political rookie, however, will face questions about her inexperience in government and whether she’s qualified to be executive of the country’s fourth-largest state as she runs in the Democratic primary this September.

Cuomo’s campaign has pointed to his list of progressive accomplishments, including the approval of same-sex marriage in 2011, a law that will boost the minimum wage to $15 in the coming years and the state’s first paid-family-leave program.

But Nixon, a longtime education activist, has already laid out the case for her campaign and why she thinks Cuomo is undeserving of a third term.

Here’s a look at what issues Nixon will focus on as she tries to defeat a powerful incumbent governor with more than $30 million in his campaign account.

THE SUBWAY

Subway riders haven’t been happy with Cuomo for months.

Nixon’s trying to tap into their anger.

Cuomo has significant oversight of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the entity that runs the New York City subway system.

Subway riders haven’t been shy to express their displeasure with the condition of the city’s heavily used, often-hobbled train system, taking to social media in droves to place blame on Cuomo.

“I got here just in the nick of time,” Nixon said to open her first campaign speech Tuesday. “I allowed an hour and a half for what should have been a 30-minute ride. Cuomo’s MTA.”

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