Cynthia Nixon, a long time New Yorker and actress best known for playing sharp-witted lawyer Miranda Hobbs on HBO's long-running hit Sex and the City, recently showed being witty was something she had in common with her character.
Nixon recently announced she would be running for governor in the primary against Andrew Cuomo. Should she win, she would be the first woman and openly bisexual person to hold the office. Not everyone was celebrating her decision.
It seems Christine Quinn, City Council Speaker, is holding onto an old grudge against Nixon. When Quinn, who is also openly gay, ran for mayor in 2013, Nixon threw her support behind opponent Bill de Blasio. That had to sting.
Quinn recently threw some shade back at Nixon in the New York Post:
Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City.
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.
As far as digs go, from one lesbian to another, it was pretty good, but Nixon tweeted back a quip of her own:
“When I announced yesterday that I’m running for gov, one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an “unqualified lesbian.” It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.” 🤷♀️— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 21, 2018
Other people had trouble with their certification too!
Don't even get me started on trying to get certified bisexual! It's twice the hassle and the paperwork!— Monica Popescu (@moncapop) March 22, 2018
I’ve always felt bad that I don’t have a degree - now I’m wondering if I’m qualified to be gay - I’ve got nothing else to fall back on— Graeme Watson (@graemejwatson) March 22, 2018
OMG it’s so hard. The first thing they want to know is if you have ever been with a man!— DeepStateLez🇺🇸❤️🏳️🌈 (@batshitcrazylez) March 22, 2018
Wondering if its possible to get an honorary degree? I mean I'd NEVER pass the coursework but.....— Griffin Historical #FBPE (@GriffHistorical) March 22, 2018
For her part, Quinn apologized for the funny crack, sending a message on Twitter:
To be clear, Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, EVER, criticize someone because of their identity. 1/4— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018
I’ve experienced it time and time again, and would never support it or condone it. 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. 2/4— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018
Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials. I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. 3/4— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018
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. 4/4— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018
Still, some felt that Nixon's response should be worth a vote:
Want to vote for Ms Nixon or not, this is a great response. Our politics is so much better when leavened with humor and a touch of deprecation. Thank u Ms Nixon.— Bill Berg (@GamlinLakeID) March 22, 2018
All kidding aside, people do still want to know where Nixon stands on the issues:
I’m looking at people’s abilities and convictions! Tell us what you’re running on, not how many Democrats you don’t like! I have heard some real good things about you, and I’m looking forward in working with you!— Ruben Vega (@rubendelavega11) March 22, 2018
Both are true. Own it. And tell us why you want and are qualified for the job.— Damon Gonzalez (@TheyCallMeDaymz) March 22, 2018
While I get the joke and the desire to make it, I hope you don't delve too much in the silliness. We need strong, smart progressives who stay focused on the issues, and don't waste time on their distractions. Thanks in advance.— love is the drug (@eyemsimone) March 22, 2018
The only issue is your skills. So the proper issue should be whether or not you're a skilled lesbian. :)— Marvin Karlins, Ph.D. (@TheDuckman22) March 22, 2018
We have no doubt these two women will quickly move past this, but it is entertaining.