Exciting election season
Christian Greer Ph.D. | 3/29/2018, midnight
What if I told you there is an exciting new show on television filled with political intrigue, trials, bribery, lies, smack talk and long-standing beefs? Would you be excited? Well, I don’t watch much television because I have all of the drama I need right here in the politics, campaigns and elections in New York City and New York State.
Some of you might be following the Democratic primary for New York governor. Andrew Cuomo is the twice-elected governor of New York State and is seeking a third term. Essentially, he is asking voters to allow him to serve for an additional four years on top of the nearly eight years he has been in office. Cynthia Nixon, an actress best known as the rational lawyer in HBO’s “Sex and the City,” has decided to challenge the sitting governor. Nixon isn’t a political novice and has come out swinging and seems poised to expose several of Cuomo’s Achilles’ heels.
First, Nixon’s campaign video has her riding the NYC subway. Indeed, the governor is in charge of the entire state, but the image of the subway evokes anger and frustration for most downstate New Yorkers, a demographic that has largely been Cuomo’s most loyal base. Second, she has attacked Cuomo on education, something he has control over when implementing his state budget. However, far too many parents from marginalized groups feel as if their Democratic governor has left them and their children behind. Third, the governor’s best friend and closest allies all seem to be on trial right now. As much as the governor would like to pretend that he doesn’t know these gentlemen very well, there’s roughly 30 years of well-documented evidence of strong friendships and political relationships between Cuomo and these men. And last, the third term is usually difficult for elected officials. What are you trying to accomplish in years 9, 10, 11 and 12 that you weren’t able to do in the previous eight years in office?
Needless to say, there is some drama in this election, and the governor is not taking his political challenger lightly. He has already deployed his surrogates to address his competitor, and they have called Nixon everything from an “unqualified lesbian” to a “left wing crazy,” and all of that was just in the first 48 hours of her announcing. Hopefully, New Yorkers will realize that there is much at stake in this election beyond the petty name-calling, specifically our lives and livelihood are at stake.
If you identify as a Democrat and have not done so already, register to vote. The primary election, that is, the election between Cuomo and Nixon, occurs Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2018. It is never too early to make a voting plan and to research the respective candidates. I’ll be following this race closely and I hope you will as well.
Christina Greer, Ph.D., is the 2018 NYU McSilver Institute Fellow and an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream” and the host of The Aftermath on Ozy.com. You can find her on Twitter @Dr_CMGreer.