Maloney urges Nixon to forego primary against Cuomo

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, reacting to news that former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon may challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary, praised Cuomo on Thursday as a national leader on marriage equality who had earned the LGBTQ community’s support, and urged the actress not to run.

Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat and New York’s first openly gay congressman, noted in a lengthy statement that Nixon is also a member of the LGBTQ community, and spoke in glowing and personal terms about Cuomo’s successful push in 2011 – his first year in office – to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. He argued Cuomo had waged that crusade at some political peril at that time and “changed the trajectory of our nation’s progress toward LGBTQ equality.”

“Simply put, I owe my marriage to leaders like Andrew Cuomo,” Maloney said.

“We must remember that Governor Cuomo took on the marriage equality issue when few politicians dared broach the subject. He was full-throated in his support and unabashed in his efforts, often to his political detriment. That’s called leadership.”

He recalled Cuomo rallying the LGBTQ community’s support for legislators of either party who had voted for marriage equality, and said it should now show the same loyalty to Cuomo. Countering the discontent among progressives that has fed a potential Nixon candidacy, Maloney also praised Cuomo as a “national progressive leader” who helped achieve a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, in addition to marriage equality.

“We also must keep focused on the larger goal — electing strong, proven progressive Democrats – including a Democratic Congress — to stop President Trump,” Maloney said. “Governor Cuomo is a tremendous ally in that effort. We should not have intramural contests that only aid Republicans.”

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