San Juan mayor endorses Cynthia Nixon in New York gov race
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Friday endorsed actress and activist Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in New York.
“I met Cynthia five years ago. In one conversation, we spoke about education, equal rights, housing issues and the LGBT community,” Cruz said in a statement. “Cynthia has long been a part of the social activism scene and, as the daughter of a single mother, she knows what it is to work hard to get what one wants.”
“Her plans to reform voting to give more people a chance to be heard is a breath of fresh air in an era where voter suppression, terrible as it may be, seems to be the guiding principle,” she added.
Nixon, in a statement, thanked Cruz for her endorsement, writing “I am so honored to have Mayor Cruz’s support. She captured the nation’s attention when she stood up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and she inspired me personally. We need more fearless women like her leading our country.”
Cruz and Nixon have both been vocal critics of President Trump. Cruz rose to prominence in the mainland U.S. last year when she condemned Trump for the White House’s reaction to Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
Nixon is facing off against incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the primary.
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Cuomo has garnered a number of high-profile endorsements, including from The New York Times and prominent politicians such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Warren, Pressley introduce bill to make it a crime for police officers to deny medical care to people in custody Senate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers MORE (D-N.Y.).
Cuomo leads Nixon by substantial margins in most polls.