Some insiders had wondered if she might back Nixon, given that Gillibrand through her Off the Sidelines political action committee has raised $6.5 million to help women candidates across the country.
But the state’s junior senator also has a long-standing relationship with Cuomo, having worked with him when he was federal housing secretary in the Bill Clinton administration.
“Kirsten is a friend of Governor Cuomo’s and supports his campaign,” Gillibrand spokesman Glen Caplin. “He’s been a leader on issues she cares deeply about like marriage equality, paid family leave and campus sexual assault to name a few.
“She believes he deserves to be re-elected.”
Nixon, an actor and activist, announced Monday she will challenge Cuomo in the September Democratic primary from the left. Cuomo is seeking a third term.
Cynthia Nixon runs for Governor of New York
Gillibrand, a Democrat who entered the Senate in 2009 after Hillary Clinton resigned to join the Obama administration, is running for a second full six-year term in November.
Like Cuomo, she has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2020. Gillibrand has insisted she will serve a full term if re-elected to the Senate.
Gillibrand endorsed an insurgent woman candidate, Marie Newman, in her Illinois primary Tuesday night against 12-year incumbent conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski.
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On – 20 Mar, 2018 By Kenneth Lovett