Primarily known for playing Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, several media outlets are reporting that actress Cynthia Nixon is considering running for New York governor in 2018. Nixon has shown interest in New York politics in the past — in 2013 she scored numerous celebrity endorsements for Bill de Blasio, who was then running for mayor of New York City — and has supported LGBT and women's rights through activism. Nixon's representatives have yet to confirm or deny reports about her potential gubernatorial run.
“She’d be a fantastic candidate,” said Billy Easton, who works as the executive director of the teachers union-supported Alliance for Quality Education. “She’s the sort of unusual suspect who actually excites people in this moment of time.”
If Nixon does run, she'll be facing off against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who reportedly has $26 million ready to fund his campaign. Cuomo's approval ratings have recently taken a plunge, with the current mass transportation troubles in New York City being a significant factor. Since March, the number of the city's voters who approved of the governor's job performance decreased from 60 percent to 52 percent; the number those who actively disapproved increased from 23 percent to 33 percent. Across New York state as a whole, his approval number declined from 46 percent to 38 percent.
Nixon is the latest in a list of celebrities who are reportedly considering making a career change to serve in public office. In recent a radio interview, Caitlyn Jenner told host John Catsimatidis that she was considering a senatorial run. "Can I do a better job from the outside?" she said. "Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody? Or are you better from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that. Yeah, but I would look for a senatorial run."
Kid Rock likewise announced that he's seriously considering running for senator of Michigan. "I have had a ton of emails and texts asking me if this website is real... http://kidrockforsenate.com The answer is an absolute YES," he tweeted earlier this month.
In a May GQ cover story, actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stated a future in which he gives up his Hollywood life to run for president in 2020 is "a real possibility."
Analysts see little chance of Nixon successfully winning against Cuomo, should she actually run next year. With Donald Trump in the White House, though, stranger things have happened.