There’s a star-studded debate about to happen at Hofstra University. Governor Andrew Cuomo will square off with television star and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. Nixon’s camp, though, has been making some unusual requests ahead of the debate. It seems Nixon doesn’t want the venue at the university to be too cold. That, it seems, is sexist.
Exactly how cold rooms are sexist wasn’t clearly articulated. Yet a Nixon strategist, Rebecca Katz, sent an email to the debate organizers that suggested that Cuomo’s team is “notoriously sexist when it comes to room temperature, so we just want to make sure we’re all on the same page here.”
Cuomo, it has been reported, prefers cold conditions for public appearances. Katz has asked that the debate hall be kept at 76 degrees.
The assertion seems hard to believe, but The New York Times has verified the email.
“Katz sent the email to WCBS-TV, the debate host, who has been accused by Nixon’s team of catering to Cuomo’s needs,” The Daily Mail adds.
WCBS hasn’t agreed to any concessions.
The debate Wednesday is in advance of a September 13 Democratic primary election. Nixon is trailing Cuomo in the polls. The former “Sex and the City” star is also trailing in her fundraising efforts. Yet she has name recognition and attention based on her former acting career.
Cuomo, on the other hand, received a tremendous amount of attention when he told an audience at a campaign event that America “was never that great.”
Nixon has been an aggressive voice in the campaign, though she has never had the opportunity to debate Cuomo face-to-face.
“The polls right now are not capturing the new progressive voters and the hunger for real change,” Nixon told reporters. “We’re talking to people. We’ve got thousands of volunteers across the state… we are mobilizing our army.”
“The winner of the Democratic primary faces Republican Marc Molinaro,” DM adds, “the Dutchess County executive; independent candidate Stephanie Miner, a former mayor of Syracuse; and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins.”