Watch 'Queer Eye' Star Jonathan Van Ness Chat With Cynthia Nixon About New York Governor's Race
When Cynthia Nixon initially announced her candidacy for the 2018 gubernatorial election in New York, some played it for laughs, saying that there was no way the former Sex and the City star could be serious. But now, just days before the election, Nixon and her supporters have proven that she was and is serious about wanting to become the next governor of New York.
One of those supporters is Jonathan Van Ness, one of the stars of Netflix’s Emmy-winning reality series Queer Eye. In a new video posted on Nixon’s Twitter account, the candidate sat down with Van Ness to discuss her vision for the state of New York and why everyone watching should get out to vote on Thursday.
But naturally, Van Ness began their conversation by discussing Nixon’s short hairstyle, saying it was “serving me everything.” The conversation quickly shifted to a photo Nixon’s son had drawn her on the night of her heated debate with fellow candidate Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Yes, it’s got a disco ball, it was going to be a party,” she said of the drawing. “And it was a little bit of a party!”
The two sat on a sofa, where Van Ness asked Nixon to speak about her goals as governor should she win. Nixon mentioned passing the New York Health Act, a new single-payer health care system for the state; improving the functionality of New York City’s public transit; and putting more of the state’s budgetary focus on education rather than incarceration.
Van Ness thanked Nixon for bringing forward a progressive agenda, saying that members of marginalized communities appreciated what Nixon was trying to do for them. “There are so many people that want to come together and make these things that people said could never happen, they want to make them happen, because we want to see change in this country,” he said.
Nixon faces an arduous battle on Thursday; the most recent polls from Siena College show Gov. Cuomo going into the election with a 41-point lead over Nixon, with voters supporting the governor at 63 percent and Nixon’s supporters at 22 percent. But Nixon has held that an “enthusiasm gap” exists between her supporters and Cuomo’s, which she believes could help close the governor’s current lead.
Van Ness, on the other hand, is coming off of his own victory. At Sunday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Queer Eye took home three of the four awards it was nominated for, including a big win for outstanding structured reality program.
Watch the full video with Nixon and Van Ness below: