The announcement Monday that Emmy and Tony-winning actress Cynthia Nixon was officially running for governor of NY was immediately met with a barrage of "Sex and the City" jokes and a baffling amount of support.
Nixon, considered a progressive Democrat, plans to challenge Governor Cuomo in a primary.
UPDATED 5:29 p.m. E.T.: Christine Quinn has issued a statement apologizing for her remarks against Cynthia Nixon.
Nixon is aligned with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who is politically to the left of Cuomo. "Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York", Christine said. "But... being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office".
The governor said he was not paying much attention to Nixon and her campaign.
The email fundraiser, which includes the unqualified lesbian quote, describes Quinn, without mentioning her by name, as a top surrogate for incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "She isn't qualified to be the governor", Quinn said. Then she ran for Congress in an upstate purple district, losing narrowly to Republican Rep. John Faso. One user said, "You literally called her an "unqualified lesbian".
"I've never lived anywhere else", Nixon says in the video.More news: YouTube Will 'Frustrate' Some Users With Ads So They Pay for Music
"I am thrilled to support her and I know that she cares deeply about the issues facing all of us".
For years, Nixon has also been a player in national politics, campaigning for President Barack Obama's reelection in Florida and Virginia, fighting for marriage equality, and speaking at rallies for Planned Parenthood.
"We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty", she said in a video posted on Twitter announcing her candidacy. Now she wants an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of NY.
But her campaign may test the appetite of New Yorkers for a celebrity leader in the age of United States President Donald Trump, a deeply unpopular figure in NY among Democrats.
The liberal activist and Sex And The City actress took aim at Mr Cuomo in her first official campaign appearance, telling the audience at the Bethesda Healing Centre in Brooklyn that she had just made it to the event "in the nick of time" because of subway delays that she blamed on "Cuomo's MTA".
Nixon won't be the only celebrity candidate on the NY ballot.
Reached on Monday, the New York Working Families Party, which backed Cuomo in 2014 after a contentious internal debate, told CNN they hadn't yet reached a decision for 2018. And that's why, until I see enough evidence that Cynthia Nixon can be an effective leader to change my mind, I'm not with her.