Cynthia Nixon Is 'Unqualified Lesbian' Who Should Not Be Running for NY Governor, Says Christine Quinn

Update | Actress Cynthia Nixon is an "unqualified lesbian" running for office and does not have the requisite experience to take New York's gubernatorial post, according to former New York City Council leader Christine Quinn.

Quinn blasted the former Sex and the City star's political credentials in an interview published by The New York Post Tuesday which praises her career as an actress, but not her fresh foray into politics. Nixon announced her candidacy Monday.

"I'm surprised by this race. It's a flight of fancy on her part," Quinn told The Post.

Quinn, who is also gay, added: "Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City. Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn't qualified to be the governor." Quinn admitted Nixon was politically active, but said the celebrity didn't have the background to be running for such a major office—a similar criticism to what President Donald Trump faced when he ran for the Republican nomination in 2016.

"She's an accomplished actress, a supporter of political causes and that's a good thing. Participating in rallies is important," Quinn said. "But she's never run an organization. Being an actress and celebrity doesn't make you qualified for public office. This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership."

Nixon's campaign did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Nixon backed Quinn's opponent, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, during the 2013 mayoral race. Nixon stated she worked with Quinn on the issue of same-sex marriage, but they did not see eye-to-eye on other issues.

"I've got to say, I'm not anti-Chris Quinn. I worked alongside her in the marriage fight, and I believe she was incredibly eloquent and incredibly effective," Nixon said in May 2013. "But apart from that particular gay issue, I don't see a lot of stuff where I line up with her. I think it's a sign of progress. It's like the smoke has cleared in some way and gays, blacks, Caucasians and everybody is able to see beyond the person that might look like them, and go more for the person's voting record or the person's plan for the city."

Quinn later took to Twitter to clarify her criticism of Nixon, stating her sexual "identity" had "no bearing" in regards to her campaign and she did not mean to suggest otherwise.

"To be clear, Cynthia Nixon's identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, EVER, criticize someone because of their identity," Quinn tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

To be clear, Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, EVER, criticize someone because of their identity. 1/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

In three more tweets, Quinn explained how she has had her sexual identity weaponized in previous races, and that because Nixon was so vocally opposed to her candidacy years ago despite her credentials, that she was trying to draw a comparison.

I’ve experienced it time and time again, and would never support it or condone it. As a lesbian who ran one of the most high profile races in the country, i know what that’s like. And I know it’s imperative that we encourage more members of our community to run for office. 2/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

Cynthia Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials. I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us. 3/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record. 4/4

— Christine Quinn (@chriscquinn) March 20, 2018

This story was updated to include Quinn's tweets and clarification of her criticism of Nixon.