New York State Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon Says She Is A Democratic Socialist

Julia Cohen | Reporter

Millionaire Democratic New York Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon said that she is a democratic socialist in a Tuesday interview with Politico.

“If being a democratic socialist means that you believe health care, housing, education and the things we need to thrive should be a basic right not a privilege then count me in,” Nixon told Politico in a Tuesday email, according to the article. “We have to have a better distribution of wealth in this country.”

Nixon is competing against incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in the New York Democratic gubernatorial primary. She has positioned herself as a left-wing alternative to Cuomo, supporting Medicare-for-all and calling Immigration and Customs Enforcement a “terrorist organization” in June. (RELATED: Cynthia Nixon Calls ICE A ‘Terrorist Organization’)

Nixon also tweeted on Tuesday “Why don’t pundits who are so obsessed with @Ocasio2018 supporting democratic socialism ask corporate-backed politicians why they are so supportive of unfettered capitalism?”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the democratic socialist who beat high-ranking Democratic New York Rep. Joseph Crowley in the 2018 house democratic primary, has endorsed Nixon for governor, according to the Politico article.

Nixon and her wife had combined earnings of over $1.3 million in 2017, according to a May New York Times report. Their adjusted income after tax deductions was $619,799, according to the same report. Nixon has an estimated net worth of about $60 million, Newsweek reported in March 2018.

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