New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo downplayed on Wednesday actress Cynthia Nixon’s celebrity and viability should she launch a Democratic primary challenge.
Nixon would undoubtedly be a heavy underdog in the September contest. But it would come four years after Zephyr Teachout held Cuomo to 63 percent, and just two years after Donald Trump proved a nonpolitician with the right profile and message can upset a prominent political figure—and one from New York, in fact.
If she runs, the Sex and the City star would join a lengthy list of actors who launched political careers. It’s headlined by President Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who were both elected California governor.
The Senate has featured Fred Thompson (R-TN), Al Franken (D-MN), and George Murphy (R-CA). And in the House, there has been Fred Grandy (R-IA) of The Love Boat, Ben Jones (D-GA) of The Dukes of Hazzard, Sonny Bono (R-CA), Robert Dornan (R-CA), and John Davis Lodge (R-CT), who was also elected Connecticut governor.
Among other recent actors-turned-politicians, Gary Kroeger of Saturday Night Live and Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie both ended their 2016 congressional bids early, while Clueless star Stacey Dash hopes for a better outcome in her long-shot Republican bid for a South L.A. district.
— Kyle Trygstad