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Kara Alaimo: Actress Cynthia Nixon mulling a long-shot run for NY governor; good news, as more women should be in politics

She says Nixon, a progressive, would face the formidable Andrew Cuomo, could draw him further to the left

Editor’s Note: Kara Alaimo, an assistant professor of public relations at Hofstra University, is the author of “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication.” She was spokeswoman for international affairs in the Treasury Department during the Obama administration. Follow her on Twitter @karaalaimo. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) —  

“Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon appears to be considering a run for governor of New York. On the “Today” show on Tuesday, she said she was being encouraged to throw her hat in the ring, but declined to say whether she would do so.

She should.

Kara S. Alaimo
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Kara S. Alaimo

Nixon has been a longtime political advocate, particularly on education issues, and served on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s advisory board for the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

Discount her if you will as an actress out of her depth, but then consider that our President is a former real estate salesman and TV host. Or take a look at this.

Nixon’s candidacy would be good for the state and country because, for starters, we need more women in politics.

But to be sure, it would be a long-shot bid because Nixon, who is progressive, would likely run on the Democratic ticket against an incumbent candidate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who already has a $25 million war chest. And she may not be the only contender: Stephanie Miner, the mayor of Syracuse, and Terry Gipson, a former state legislator, are also being discussed as possible candidates.

But Nixon’s entry into the race might also be a good thing for Cuomo. Although he’s widely expected to run for re-election as governor in 2018, his potential presidential ambitions for 2020 are no secret.

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Many believe his biggest challenge in a presidential bid would come from the left – not from President Donald Trump – as Cuomo has endeavored to stake out a centrist approach to governing. Refining his messages against a high-profile contender like Nixon, likely to command interest outside New York, would be good practice for the national stage.