Cynthia Nixon, the former “Sex and the City” star, has officially declared for New York Governor. She’ll oppose two-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, even though she has no administrative or elective experience. Thanks, but no thanks.
Nixon’s biggest qualification for office is her name recognition. Like most celebrities, it’s high and mostly favorable.
But the problem with celebrity is that it’s often inextricably linked to self-entitlement, self-absorption and not a little self-delusion.
Why else would anyone run for such a high elective office, often considered a springboard to the White House, with absolutely no experience?
She would have to administer 20 different state agencies from the Department of Agriculture and Markets to Departments of Health, Labor, Law and even the Motor Vehicles Department. She would also have to oversee a $168 billion budget.
The office requires intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the always contentious legislature in Albany, which requires the governor to be involved in often complex horse trading.
If Nixon, 51, were serious about elective office, she would begin by winning a seat on a city council or in the state legislature. From there, she can work her way up like everyone else.
Her celebrity shouldn’t give her a pass on that process, for the same reason an airline wouldn’t let her walk on a plane and fly it.
If Nixon wins, she would be come the first female governor New York and the first gay woman elected to that office.
But she’s already under fire in the gay community. Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an openly gay Cuomo supporter, called Nixon an and “unqualified lesbian.”
Full disclosure: Nixon endorsed Bill de Blasio for New York City Mayor over Quinn in the 2013 Democratic primary.
Nixon is reportedly positioning herself to the left of Cuomo. She called him a “centrist and Albany insider” while echoing rhetoric that is most closely associated with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to The New York Times.
On her Web site, she points to her work on behalf of education through the Alliance for Quality Education.
She’s also been an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. In 2010, she helped create Fight Back New York, an effort to remove state Senators opposed to same-sex marriage, according to her public bio.
Sounds enticing, perhaps, but voters shouldn’t be swayed. If anything, the country has learned the hard way about the problems of electing a celebrity to high public office with no elective experience.
Right, we’re talking about Donald Trump.
Celebrities often are held to a different standard because of their notoriety, but when it comes to politics, there should be no free passes.
Nixon is no Trump, but she’s also not qualified to be governor.
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