Lib Cat Fight: Dem. Gov's Supporter Calls Dem Challenger 'Unqualified Lesbian'


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One of the downsides for leftists who engage in identity politics is they inevitably end up having to “out-identify” one another in the progressive hierarchy of oppressed groups.

Such appears to be the case in the wake of former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon’s announcement that she will challenge incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming Sept. 13 Democrat primary election.

According to USA Today, Nixon is running on a populist progressive leftist platform that chastises Cuomo as not being a “real Democrat.” It also criticizes the inept manner in which he has managed the New York City subway system — and likens the state capitol of Albany to a “cesspool” on par with Washington’s “swamp,” likely due to Cuomo’s failure to oust Republicans from power in the state government.

But according to the New York Post, the celebrity actress and aspiring politician received some rather odd criticism of her own from an outspoken supporter of Gov. Cuomo. Former NYC City Council Speaker, failed mayoral candidate and open lesbian Christine Quinn bashed Nixon as being an “unqualified lesbian” who has no business running for governor.

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“I’m surprised by this race. It’s a flight of fancy on her part,” Quinn said of Nixon’s run. “Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City. Now she wants 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.”

“She’s an accomplished actress, a supporter of political causes and that’s a good thing. Participating in rallies is important,” Quinn continued condescendingly. “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.”

“Gov. Cuomo’s accomplished (a lot) including a $15 minimum wage, opposing fracking and (Nixon)’s on record supporting the governor on marriage equality,” Quinn added in defense of Cuomo. “Why are we having this primary? Democrats should be united and focusing on winning control of the state Senate and taking back the House of Representatives.”

NBC News reported that Nixon, who identifies as bisexual and is married to a woman, actively supported Bill de Blasio when he ran against Quinn for mayor in 2013.

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Quinn appears to have caught some flak from fellow liberals over her “unqualified lesbian” comment.

She took to social media on Tuesday to clarify her remarks in a series of Twitter posts.

“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.

“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.”

But according to The Daily Beast — who had quite a bit of fun with the “qualified lesbian” versus “unqualified lesbian” gaffe — noted that the non-apologetic apology wasn’t enough and Quinn never should have brought up Nixon’s sexual orientation in the first place.

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In noting the bitterness and condescension of Quinn’s dismissive remarks toward Nixon’s candidacy, it appeared more than a little obvious that Quinn likely still holds a grudge against Nixon for supporting de Blasio instead of her for mayor.

She apparently still holds to the outdated notion that LGBT individuals must vote for other LGBT individuals simply because of their identity, without regard to actual policy positions.

The Daily Beast pointed out that this particular sentiment showed through in Quinn’s attempt at clarification on social media. Quinn explained that she faced homophobia during her failed run and yet, “Nixon aggressively opposed my candidacy in New York despite my qualifications for the office and despite my strong progressive credentials.”

Just imagine the incredible firestorm that would erupt if a conservative supporting an incumbent politician bashed another conservative candidate over their sexual identity, and you can understand why Quinn’s “unqualified lesbian” gaffe could ultimately ruin her progressive reputation and end what is left of her career in politics.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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