New York Democratic candidate for Governor Cynthia Nixon delivered a blistering speech against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and was immediately criticized by a Cuomo associate, who appeared to take a shot at Nixon’s sexual orientation.
Nixon, in her first speech of her newly launched campaign, called Cuomo a “fake corporate democrat”, who she says accepted $87,000 from the conservative Koch brothers. She accused the governor of and his administration of dysfunction and dishonesty.
“If Washington is a swamp, Albany is a cesspool,” Nixon said.
About an hour later, Nixon was slammed by Christine Quinn, a former New York City Council Speaker who is now a special advisor to Cuomo and Vice Chair of the State Democratic Party. Quinn called Nixon, who is married to a woman, an “unqualified lesbian” in an interview with the New York Post. Quinn, who is gay, tried to backtrack on twitter, saying “Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did”.