"Sex and the City" actress and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday called for NY to legalize recreational marijuana to reduce racial inequality and raise millions of tax dollars.
Nixon says she was honored to receive the endorsement Saturday and "inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party". She is challenging current NY governor Andrew Cuomo - who is running for a third term - for the Democratic party nomination.
But in 2014, the party started to fracture as some liberal groups grew disenchanted with Cuomo's moderate record and his relationship with Republicans who control the state Senate. But Cuomo said Friday he would not seek its backing this year. It's possible that pressure from progressives and people like Nixon are convincing him to possibly evolve on the issue.
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"I'm not naming names, but anybody who says they would not accept the endorsement of the Working Families Party is not a true progressive in New York State", Williams said. In a recent video she posted, Nixon explained: "I believe it is time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C., and legalize recreational marijuana".
Nixon is slated to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 13. Despite the attention here campaign's received online, most polls show her trailing Cuomo by almost 50 points.
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Cynthia Nixon got a major progressive endorsement in her primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Working Families Party said it was pleased to show independence from Cuomo, the Democratic Party's flagbearer.
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