Democrat Andrew Cuomo would be the first candidate from either major party to take the oath of office as governor of New York should he win Tuesday’s primary election. But despite his strong footing in the race, Mr. Cuomo still is a national figure, and throughout his career as an executive, he has drawn intense scrutiny over how he has governed. “I’m on the ballot for governor because of voter frustration with both parties, the dysfunction of both parties,” said Mr. Cuomo, who has been governor since 2010.
A major reason for this is the governor’s embattled state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who resigned last month after the New Yorker reported that several women had accused him of “bad behavior” including forcing them to perform oral sex on him. Mr. Cuomo and other prominent Democrats have come to Mr. Schneiderman’s defense, despite intense pressure from state Republicans and conservative media to cut ties.
“As governor, Eric Schneiderman will be an important voice for the people of New York,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. “He has earned my continued confidence and full support.”
Both candidates, who are running to succeed Mr. Cuomo, will face off on Tuesday. The Republican nominee is lawyer, Carl P. Paladino, who has made headlines by referring to the Cuomo family as the “executive elite.” The Democratic nominee is Ms. Nixon, a longtime actress who has starred in HBO’s “Sex and the City” and is a member of Ms. Miriam Makeba’s family. Ms. Nixon, who grew up in the Upper West Side, is the one member of the family to have gone into the entertainment industry, but she has also become a leading voice in the New York anti-gun movement.
“Throughout my life, I have always spoken out for people who cannot speak for themselves, for the voiceless and the disenfranchised,” Ms. Nixon said. “I won’t be afraid to fight. And, if elected, I will be fearless. And, together, we will change our country.”
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