Sunday, 09 May, 2021


Cuomo, Dodging Corruption Accusations, Attacks Cynthia Nixon: ‘You’re A Corporation’

Sexist’ room temperature? Cynthia Nixon team wants to debate Cuomo in warm room Brendan Mc Dermid Reuters
Hannah Rogers | 30 August, 2018, 11:53

The Democrat made the promise Wednesday during a debate at Hofstra University with former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon ahead of next month's Democratic primary.

But her feisty campaign has garnered high profile attention and finally drew Cuomo into a live debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. Two topics in particular got the two trading jabs. immigration and public transportation.

Cuomo painted Nixon, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of lawyer Miranda Hobbes on the HBO show "Sex and the City", as inexperienced and naive about the practicalities of NY politics. For his part, Cuomo accused Nixon of calling in favors to the New York City mayor's office. "We have either incompetence or corruption, which is it?" she charged.

The statement said that the debate was presented as a "take-it-or-leave-it" scenario, "at Andrew Cuomo's chosen location and TV station, in his preferred format, with a favorable audience, and on a date in the last week of August when a minimum of New Yorkers will be watching".

"No one has stood up to Donald Trump the way I have", he said.

"Yeah, as soon as you do", Cuomo responded.

"And you're a corporation", Cuomo said smiling.

Cuomo received almost $113,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry from January 2015 to mid-January 2018, and he headlined a gala funded by big oil companies in May.

This was not just about the temperature in one particular room but rather an entire system of air conditioning that creates chauvinistically frigid workplaces. He has served as governor since 2011.

"Today, you have to fight Donald Trump, who is the main risk to the state of New York", Cuomo said. Nor did he manage to (dare to?) explain that the Independent Democrats (mostly) didn't give control of the state Senate to the Republicans, but simply traded some extra votes for GOP concessions on core Democratic issues.

Nixon has aligned herself with the more progressive Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic party, challenging Cuomo from the left with an anti-establishment message. Cuomo did not respond.

"He used the MTA like an ATM", she said.

Several times, Cuomo grew frustrated with Nixon interrupting him during his responses, which caused the two candidates to directly engage.

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