We’ve covered some of the many people talking about running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon is flirting with a bid, too. Nixon, though, isn’t just a celebrity. She’s also a noted education activist and longtime supporter of Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Keep in mind: like with de Blasio’s rumored opponents this year, these potential candidates could all end up not running.)

At the same time, there are more and more stories about Cuomo’s political danger. Besides being embroiled in the MTA crisis, two of his top allies face trial on corruption charges, and both Republican and progressive opponents are emboldened to challenge him. The Working Families Party, which narrowly supported Cuomo in 2014 only to see him renege on his promises, is bitterly divided over the whether to back the Governor. Even State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli refused to say if he’d support Cuomo. As Clio Chang writes in The New Republic, “Cuomo’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

However, despite all that opposition, Cuomo is still the favorite to win re-election, though it might be ugly. As Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, a Cuomo opponent-turned-advisor put it: “The best way to win anything is to have a sufficient enough menu so people from the right will have to hold their noses and vote, people from the center will have to hold their noses and vote, and people on the left the same.”

 

Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

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