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Ex-Cuomo Aide Drafted False Cynthia Nixon Anti-Semitism Mailer

Ex-Cuomo Aide Drafted False Cynthia Nixon Anti-Semitism Mailer

Gov. Andrew Cuomo won a Democratic primary for NY governor, beating back a spirited challenge on his left flank from actor and activist Cynthia Nixon.

Girls star Lena Dunham, also a NY resident, tweeted about why she chose to support Nixon at the ballot box.

A recent poll has Nixon trailing Cuomo by a large margin. A Quinnipiac University poll similarly found Cuomo with a 36-point lead.

Nixon has never officially supported BDS, but in 2010 signed a letter with a 150 other USA actors, directors and artists voicing her support for Israeli actors who refused to perform in the Jewish state's controversial settlements in the West Bank.

"Don't believe the polls, don't believe the hype".

Despite enthusiasm for Nixon in some quarters and on social media, Cuomo has held substantial leads against Nixon in the polls.

Before casting his ballot in the town of Mount Kisco, Cuomo said New Yorkers must stand up to changes being made in Washington that he said ran counter to the state's values, according to local channel News 12 Westchester. The bridge has been deemed safe and is scheduled to open Tuesday night.

Approved and paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, the mailer accused Nixon of remaining "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism", and supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a worldwide movement to boycott Israeli goods and cultural exports.

Outside Wadleigh High School in Harlem, four out of five voters who stopped to speak to AFP said they voted for Nixon. "This president has brought an attitude and philosophy to this country that is exclusionary, that is divisive, that is bigoted, that is sexist, that is racist". At one point Cuomo barked: "Can you stop interrupting?" at Nixon, who snapped back: "Can you stop lying?"

With registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans more than 2 to 1 in New York, Cuomo becomes the automatic front-runner in November's matchup against Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Mayor Stephanie Miner. "There's no way to make a prediction".

Down the ballot, the Brooklyn city councilman Jumaane Williams is challenging Cuomo's lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul.

Her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, also endorsed Cuomo.

The attorney general's seat is also up for grabs, after Eric Schneiderman was forced to resign over allegations of violence against several women.

"Fordham law professor Zephyr (ZEF'-er) Teachout, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and ex-Hillary Clinton adviser Leecia Eve are running for the Democratic nomination". Unsuccessful in the challenge, and in a subsequent race for New York's 19th Congressional District seat in 2016, Teachout is now in the midst of a tight race for the state's Democratic attorney general nomination.


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