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A Voice from the Left: Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon, who rose to international stardom as Miranda in the cult-favorite series “Sex and the City,” is running for the public office. More specifially, she has thrown her hat into the ring, to become a candidate for the governor of the state of New York. If she wins the primary election, her chances of securing political edge over her rival, thereby of serving as the executive for 19.8 million Americans, and the world metropolis of New York City, are strong. OOOM joined the aspiring politician on her campaign trail, and enjoyed the opportunity to observe an unconventional, compelling, eloquent, and inspiring candidate.

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A passionate speaker. Now it is Nixon’s turn. And one thing is immediately apparent: Nixon is off to a driving start, heading into her new field. In an incendiary speech, she demands protection for low-income tenants. She condemns the growing inequality, the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor, the latent injustice in the US judicial system, as a result of which African-Americans and Latinos end up behind bars more frequently than whites. She criticizes the erosion of the social system,  which has allowed the richest of the rich to serve their own with tax cuts. She even goes so far as to lump her opponent in with Trump and the Republican Party. Over and over, she takes the opportunity to address the sitting governor directly. The political novice has one name for all the political grievances she surveys, and that word is:“Andrew Cuomo!” Nixon delivers a polished speech. “There will not be any change until we, the people, bring it on,” she exclaims fervently. Her aim, she continues, is to lead a movement for “justice and solidarity in the state of New York.” Throughout her speech, Nixon gesticulates expressively with her hands. She seems to be as much of a natural on the political stage as the theatrical one.

Cynthia Nixon is a natural on the political stage. She captivates her audiences, her speeches are genuinely moving. 

Diagnosis breast cancer. This is not the first time that the actress has stepped up to serve as an activist. After receiving her own breast cancer diagnosis in October 2006, Nixon turned toward passionate activism, to promote education about and prevention of the insidious illness. In a TV documentary about her struggle with the illness, she opened up, and later put pressure on the TV station, ABC, to air the program during prime time hours, when it was likeliest to receive the most viewers. Over the past few years, Nixon has also become an outspoken advocate for homosexuals and their civil rights. After her marriage to teacher Danny Mozes, with whom Nixon has two children, she became romantically involved with Christine Marinoni, an education activist, in 2004. In 2009, the couple announced their engagement, and eventually married in May, 2012, in New York. Nixon wore a pale green wedding dress designed by Carolina Herrera. The actress once described her life experience, concerning sexual orientation, as follows: “I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it did’t seem so strange.” She would go on to engage in activism, in support of same-sex marriage legislation, in a growing number of US states.

The underdog. The candidate moves towards the climax of her speech,“I stand for justice in New York”, she says resolutely. “The time has come for a new New York; let us build a better future, together, for all of us!” Her words are greeted with appreciative applause. Seemingly overnight, the actress Cynthia Nixon has metamorphosed into a well-spoken and masterful politician. That said, Nixon is certainly the underdog in the race against long-term governor Cuomo, whose well-oiled political machine, according to first polls, is clearly leading, with more than two-thirds of votes polled returning in his favor.

The actress became the face of a revolt. After Hillary Clinton’s Trump fiasco, the party base demanded a marked shift to the left. 

Despite those steep odds, Nixon, a tough campaigner, has already proven skeptics wrong on a number of counts: she garnered endorsements from a number of liberal groups, most recently from the powerful “New York Working Families Party,” which represents union interests. Nixon shrewdly uses her star power to capitalize on opportunities to point out grievances in the state of New York, in press conferences across the state, while laying blame for the state of affairs on Andrew Cuomo. This is, perhaps, how she became one of the faces of a revolt that continues to shake the Democratic Party to its core: After Hillary Clinton’s disastrous defeat, the party base demands a marked shift to the left. Liberal groups are gaining traction within the “Dems,” and this momentum also carries Cynthia Nixon. The crowd in Brooklyn has started to chant again. “Cynthia! Cynthia! Cynthia!”, before intoning a joyful, “Happy Birthday!” It is, after all, Cynthia Nixon’s fifty-second birthday.

Her wife always by her side. After the event, Nixon walks back to a nearby subway station. This tactic has already earned her credit: whenever possible, the candidate takes public transportation to her political, even formal, engagements. The idea is to demonstrate modesty, that she is one of the people. It is an image that is far removed from conventional red-carpet attendances that characterize previous political candidates in her position. Nixon’s wife, Marinoni, walks next to her; the couple is exchanging views on how the event went. Cynthia lovingly rests her hand on her wife’s shoulder. To OOOM, Nixon expresses optimism, regarding her chances as strong – even against her opponent, the epically goliath Cuomo.

Emmy winner. Cynthia Nixon, was born in New York, the daughter of a radio journalist. She gathered her first acting experience at twelve- years- old, in a school play production that betrayed her talent. Her big screen debut came in 1980, along side of Tatum O’Neal in the teen-comedy, “Little Darlings.” In the same year, she landed her first big role on Broadway, followed by a role in the movie-thriller, “The Manhattan Project”. With “Sex and the City,” her career took off into the stratosphere, as her portrayal of Miranda eventually even garnered Nixon the prestigious Emmy Award. But Nixon remained loyal to the stage, as well. One of her most notable roles, a thrilling performance in the play, “Rabbit Hole,” won her a Tony Award. Over the course of the last decade, the actress has become increasingly noted for her work as a passionate activist, while
continuing to act on stage, TV and in film.
Walking through Brooklyn, Nixon is recognized frequently. “Oh wow, that’s… Miranda from
“Sex and the City”, exclaims a man looking out of the window of his minivan. A moment
later, she shakes his hand, and tells him she is running for governor. She poses for a selfie
with an African-American man, ignoring the fact that the man brings his burning cigarette
dangerously close to her. On the subway, riding back on the 5 line, the same scene
plays out over and over again. New Yorkers forrequest photos with her; even in this
strange context, little groups break into spontaneous chants of “Cynthia! Cynthia! Cynthia!”.

19. Juli 2018