Op-Ed: The Phenom that is Cynthia Nixon

(METRO US) Marni Halasa, April 16, 2018 — I have two things in common with candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon. First, we were both in the second “Sex In The City” movie — she as Miranda Hobbes, one of the main actresses, and I as a belly dancer in the Abu Dhabi nightclub scene. Second, we are both activists who have run for office in the State of New York against powerful incumbents —myself against Corey Johnson who is now Speaker for City Council, and she, currently against Governor Andrew Cuomo — both having no prior political experience.

Although critics denounce her for being the new pol on the block, I believe it is her strength. In this age of ubiquitous corruption, we want candidates who come to politics with a clean slate so they can make decisions in the public interest. We want people who instinctively want what’s right for regular people, have compassion for the disadvantaged and have not taken gobs of real estate money so that their policy on land use is a developers’ wet dream. And furthermore, we want strong women who can challenge male authority and transform a stagnant system to truly champion women’s rights, shake up the balance of power and bring a different kind of decision-making to the table.