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In the video, Nixon accuses Cuomo of failing to fix "our broken subway", a hot-button issue for many New Yorkers, especially after 2017's "summer of hell," when extensive delays regularly caused crowding on the subways and platforms.

"My being a lesbian or her being a lesbian, I think, has nothing to do with why we're running for office", Nixon told reporters.

"But she's never run an organization", she continues.

"As a lesbian who ran one of the most high-profile races in the country, I know what that's like".

Nixon concluded her speech noting the "historic nature" of her campaign. "I would never, EVER, criticize someone due to their identity", Quinn tweeted. "I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record", Quinn concluded. She was immediately criticized by a Cuomo ally, who questioned Nixon's qualifications in a controversial remark.

"Cynthia was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City", she added.

It seems unlikely that Nixon opposed Quinn's 2013 candidacy because she did not like the idea of a "qualified lesbian" running the Big Apple (and even less likely, that this objection was rooted in a belief that only unqualified lesbians are fit to hold public office).

Quinn asked. "Democrats should be united and focusing on winning control of the State Senate and taking back the House of Representatives". Being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office.

Actress Cynthia Nixon is emphasizing her first name in campaign materials as she takes on Gov. Cuomo and downplaying the last name she shares with the disgraced late president.

Nixon, who is married to a woman and has publicly identified as bisexual, endorsed one of Quinn's mayoral opponents, Bill DeBlasio, in the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor of New York City. "Participating in rallies is important".

Facing criticism for her comments, Quinn took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to explain herself.

- Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon went to Brownsville, Brooklyn, for her first event in her campaign for governor to build on a video she released over Twitter identifying her main issues: health care, ending mass incarceration, and fixing the subways. It's time for an outsider.

With wife Christine Marinoni in the audience at the Bethesda Healing Center, Nixon said she was "honored" to join their ranks.