Cuomo jokes about Cynthia Nixon's possible primary challenge

Cuomo jokes about Cynthia Nixon's possible primary challenge

The 51-year-old actress is best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes, the frisky but cynical lawyer who romped through six seasons and two movies of "Sex and the City". Her spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that Nixon is thinking about challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary this September.

Though Nixon's rep did not comment on the conversation the actress had with political advisors Rebecca Katz and Bill Hyer, she did say that Nixon will "continue to explore" running for office, pointing out that "many concerned New Yorkers" have encouraged the run.

Polls show he remains popular among the broader Democratic electorate in NY but he is deeply disliked by an impassioned cohort of liberal activists.

NY1 has learned that Nixon has begun the process of assembling staff to lay the groundwork for a competitive campaign.

It was first hinted she was interested in the Empire State's top job last August when her associates told The Wall Street Journal she was mulling the idea.

If Nixon were to run and win, she would make history two times over, as the state's first openly bisexual and first female governor.

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Cuomo and de Blasio, both Democrats, have been politically estranged for years. "In this business", Mr. Cuomo said with a laugh, "you can't let these things bother you".

"If and when such a decision is made, Cynthia will be sure to make her plans public", she added", according to The New York Times. She's spoken out frequently about NY state and city issues, praising Mayor de Blasio. Four years ago, Zephyr Teachout, a virtually unknown challenger when she launched her long-shot bid against him, secured 34 percent of the primary vote.

So just how out of left field is her candidacy?

He also downplayed questions about Nixon using consultants tied to de Blasio, his frequent political foe. Her wife, Christine Marinoni, is a public school education activist who works for his administration as a special adviser for community partnerships in the Department of Education.

Asked later whether Nixon's name recognition could impact the race, Cuomo compared her with bigger stars.

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