Campaign staffer wears ‘Homo Not Cuomo’ shirt at Nixon event
A Democratic campaign staffer tore a page from history and wore a “Homo, Not Cuomo” t-shirt to a Cynthia Nixon event — and the gubernatorial challenger even posed for pictures with him afterward.
The t-shirt is a riff on the vicious “Vote for Cuomo, not the Homo” political attack leveled against former Mayor Ed Koch in 1977 by allies of Mario Cuomo, his rival who would later become New York’s governor.
Cuomo’s son — and current New York governor — Andrew Cuomo ran his father’s mayoral campaign and was fingered by Koch operatives as the man responsible, charges the younger Cuomo has long denied.
“We were on Fire Island yesterday, which is actually how I ended up with this shirt. Somebody had it and I literally asked him for it. I was like, ‘Can I have that?’ I was with Cynthia, so he couldn’t really say no,” said campaign staffer Tarik Coles. “I figured it would be fitting for today.”
Coles is a top aide to Jennifer Ramos, who is challenging state Sen. Jose Peralta in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.
Nixon endorsed Tamos Monday at a press conference in Queens where Coles wore the t-shirt.
Nixon and Cuomo have been duking it out for the support of New York’s gay community.
The “Sex and the City” star is the first openly gay, major party gubernatorial candidate in New York history, while Cuomo legalized gay marriage and has pushed a bevy of bills and executive orders to strengthened civil rights protections for LGBT New Yorkers.
Nixon’s Ramos endorsement is the latest in a string of liberal Democratic challengers she has backed in recent days, following the stunning upset win by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The upstart Democratic Socialist caused a political earthquake when she toppled Rep Joe Crowley, the chairman of the Queens Democratic Party.
“Jessica and I are both running insurgent, progressive campaigns,” Nixon said at the event, in remarks that largely focused on abortion. “We looked around and saw who was in charge, and we saw the job that they were doing and we decided that if we wanted real change we were going to have to step up and bring it ourselves.”
Gov. Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul are scheduled to appear on the Lower East Side Monday afternoon, where he is expected to call for the Legislature to return for a specail session to codify abortion rights protections.
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