Citing a shared interest in taking on centrist, corporate Democrats, Nixon and Ocasio-Cortez throw support behind each other’s progressive campaigns
Democratic candidate for governor, Cynthia Nixon today publicly announced her support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running in the congressional primary to unseat Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s 14th District. Ocasio-Cortez also announced her support for Cynthia’s bid for governor in the primary as they both take on status quo incumbents, whose political careers have been financed by big-money banks, luxury real estate developers and multigenerational political machines. Later today, both candidates will appear in Queens together.
"I am proud to endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress,” said Cynthia. “She represents the future of the Democratic Party. Alexandria and I are joining together to take on the old boys club, rejecting corporate money, and run people-powered campaigns that envision a progressive New York that serves the many, not just the few who can afford to buy influence. Like thousands of other women across the country who are running for office for the first time this year, we looked at who is in charge and the job they were doing and realized that if we want things to finally change, we’re going to have to step up and do it ourselves."
Both Cynthia and Ocasio-Cortez are running progressive, people-powered campaigns grounded in racial and economic justice. Like thousands of women across the country, both are running for office for the first time and challenging establishment politicians to fight for a fairer, more progressive New York. In stark contrast to Cuomo and Crowley, both campaigns are rejecting any corporate donations. Cynthia and Ocasio-Cortez have publicly supported the abolishment of ICE, single-payer health care, and 100% renewable energy, among other progressive priorities.
“Movements are built when communities come together. For too long, New York machine politics has drifted away from the communities they were originally supposed to serve. Today I am honored to join fellow fighter Cynthia Nixon in the advancement of dignified healthcare, housing, and education for all, in one concerted movement for a New York for the many. Cynthia and I both have roots in educational work, and her nonstop fight for working families resonates with me deeply. Together, it is my hope that Cynthia and I can propose the notion that New York’s elections don’t have to be foregone conclusions - they can be earned opportunities for change.”
Before New York voters head to the polls this , to vote in the Congressional primary, Cynthia will visit Ocasio-Cortez’s district today to meet with constituents and discuss the need for more progressive, and more diverse Democratic Party in New York and across the country. The New York gubernatorial primary election will take place on .