Cynthia Nixon is ‘an unqualified lesbian’ says New York Democrats leader

Cynthia Nixon has been labelled “an unqualified lesbian” by a leading figure in New York politics.

Christine Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council, made the comment after the Sex and the City star announced her candidacy for state Governor yesterday.

If elected, Nixon would be the state’s first-ever out governor, and the first woman to serve in the role.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 29: Cynthia Nixon speaks onstage during The People's State Of The Union at Town Hall on January 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)


Quinn, 51, was the first lesbian to become Speaker and is still a notable political force, serving as Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.

Speaking to the New York Post, she said she was “surprised” by Nixon’s announcement that she was embarking on a primary challenge to Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“It’s a flight of fancy on her part,” she said, before revealing that her issue with the actress – an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winner most famous for her role as Miranda Hobbes – had a personal element.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn speaks next to her wife Kim Catullo (L) during her concession speech in the New York Democratic mayoral primary elections on September 10, 2013 in New York City. Quinn, who lead early in the polls and who was endorsed by all of New York's major newspapers, saw her lead slip away in the final weeks of the campaign. Quinn would have been the first woman and lesbian to hold the job of mayor. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


“Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City,” said Quinn.

“Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the Governor of New York.

“You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn’t qualified to be the governor.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio (L) speaks as Christine Quinn (R), New York City Council Speaker and former mayoral hopeful, stands by at a news conference where Quinn endorsed de Blasio outside City Hall on September 17, 2013 in New York City. De Blasio will face Republican Joseph Lhota in the general mayoral election November 5, 2013, with the winner succeeding current Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)


She later apologised for these remarks, telling Time Magazine: “Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her gubernatorial candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did.

“I want to be clear about that. I would never, ever, criticise someone because of their identity.

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“I’ve experienced that kind of criticism time and time again and I would never support it or condone it,” added Quinn.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn announces the agenda during a "Women for Cuomo" campaign event on October 23, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, NY. Incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who, citing his record on women's rights, endorsed him in the upcoming gubernatorial election on November 4, 2014. U.S. Rep. Kathy Hochul, the Democratic nominee for New York Lt. Gov., also spoke at the event. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)


“As a lesbian who ran one of the most high-profile races in the country, I know what that’s like. And I know it’s imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office.”

However, she did not retract her assessment of the actress as unqualified.

“Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York, despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials,” she said.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Actress Cynthia Nixon joins protestors rallying against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)


“I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter.

“I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record.”

Earlier this year, while Nixon was picking up a Visibility Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s New York Gala, she gave an impassioned speech attacking wealth inequality and “corporate Democrats”.


During her appearance on The View last year, she accused Governor Cuomo – who is seeking a third term in office – of “shortchanging the children of New York.”

The 51-year-old actress is also an outspoken critic of President Trump.

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Cynthia Nixon accepts her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for "Sex and the City" with Donald Trump (L) and TV Personality Simon Cowell on stage during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)


She has blasted Mike Pence as the “poster boy for anti-LGBT rhetoric, legislation and conversion therapy”, calling on LGBT people to reject his agenda.

Speaking at a rally days after Trump was inaugurated, she said: “As LGBT people, we know how important coming out is, but I would argue that our coming out has never been more important than it is right now.


“We need to come out not just as queer, but as people who know all too well what it feels like to be put in a box that says ‘other,’ less than,’ ‘easy target if you’re looking for someone to bully, harass, discriminate against, demonise, beat up, even kill.”

And in January, the actress wrote on Twitter: “Taking our country back is going to require all of us to step up and take action – including more women, people of colour, queer people, and first-generation Americans running for office.”

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