‘Sixty-sixth and the City’; Nixon now on the ballot vs. Glick

Cynthia Nixon, right, will be on the ballot on the Working Families Party line on Nov. 6 versus incumbent Democrat Deborah Glick, left.

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Updated Tues., Oct. 9, 10:20 p.m..: Cynthia Nixon’s campaign is over — that is, at least as far as she’s concerned.

Yet, two of Assemblymember Deborah Glick’s Village foes plan to campaign for Nixon — who is now on the ballot against Glick in the general election — in hopes that Nixon can unseat the longtime incumbent.

District Leader Arthur Schwartz was Nixon’s New York State campaign counsel in her run for governor in last month’s Democratic primary election that Andrew Cuomo won handily. Schwartz also happens to be a longtime nemesis of Glick, dating back to their opposing views on the creation of the Hudson River Park in the 1990s.

Now, Schwartz and his ally veteran gay activist Jim Fouratt plan to push Nixon’s candidacy against Glick.

Not wanting to undercut Cuomo in the general election, the Working Families Party last week moved Nixon off its ballot line for governor on Nov. 6 and switched her onto the ballot for the election for the Village’s 66th Assembly District. Cuomo was offered and has agreed to take the W.F.P. line, in addition to the Democratic line, which he won by beating Nixon.

Under election law, there were only four ways she could get off the ballot for governor: by moving out of the state, committing a felony, dying or running for another office. A “placeholder” W.F.P. candidate was on the ballot for the Assembly race but switched to run for judge, opening up the slot for Nixon.

Nixon’s campaign previously said that if she made the switch to the Assembly ballot, she would not actively run against Glick — and would, in fact, campaign for her. Regarding the judicial position that is on the ballot, Nixon could not legally run for it since she is not a lawyer.

Meanwhile, Schwartz and Fouratt see an opportunity in voters being able to blacken in the oval for the “Sex and the City” star over Glick — who ironically happens to have been a big fan of the hit TV series.

Both Glick and Nixon are openly lesbian, though Nixon also identifies as bisexual. Both are progressive, but Nixon is farther to the left than Glick on many issues.

“We’ll be calling on people to vote for Cynthia,” Schwartz told The Villager. “She said she’ll support [Glick] — but that doesn’t mean I have to support her.”

Two years ago, in fact, Schwartz ran against Glick himself in the Democratic primary. But the pressures of campaigning put stress on his heart — he previously had open-heart surgery — forcing him to drop out. In turn, his committee on vacancies tapped Fouratt to run in his stead. Glick went on to win the primary easily.

Usually, the Democrat has an advantage simply because his or her name is on the ballot’s left-hand side, while the field of candidates on other party lines stretches out to the right — and, of course, we read from left to right. However, in the Assembly election, that won’t be a factor, Schwartz noted, since “there will only be two names,” Glick and Nixon.

Arthur Schwartz, left, was Cynthia Nixon’s New York State campaign counsel.

The district leader thinks Nixon — albeit an unwilling candidate — has a real chance to stun the longtime assemblymember. He noted that Fouratt barely spent any money on his campaign versus Glick, yet did pretty well.

“He spent $500,” Schwartz said, “and he got 30 to 35 percent.”

Actually, Fouratt got about 20 percent of the vote to Glick’s 80 percent.

Schwartz told the New York Post that two of their campaign slogans urging people to vote for Nixon will be: “Time for a socialist” in Greenwich Village and “28 years is long enough — enough is enough!”

Nixon lives in the district on Bleecker St. in Noho. In one glaring difference on the issues, while Glick — like almost all the area’s other local politicians — supports saving the Elizabeth St. Garden, Nixon — who is an ally of Mayor de Blasio — backs the city’s plan to build affordable housing there.

Glick shrugged off Schwartz and Fouratt’s plan as “mischief-making,” plus “insulting” to voters.

“We’ve had this potential since June,” she said of the possibility that Nixon might wind up on the ballot against her. “It was confirmed last Friday. And I think that Cynthia clearly is not interested in running for this position.

“As far as Schwartz and Fouratt, mischief-making is not a surprise,” Glick added. “They’ve both run against me in the past, so this is not an unexpected activity on their part.

“It is insulting to the constituents to be pushing a candidate who clearly has indicated she is not interested in the position — it’s misleading and insulting to their intelligence. And it’s somewhat disrespectful to Cynthia as she has indicated she did not want her campaign to be active in this race. But I will obviously win the race — because there isn’t a race,” Glick stated, confidently.

“Some people will clearly be confused,” Glick acknowledged of the appearance of a competitive race. “We will mount a proper campaign that will inform the public appropriately.”

Schwartz said that his “campaign” will mainly consist of using his e-mail database of 10,000 names of so-called “prime voters” that he compiled when he ran against Glick.

He said the message will be less pro-Nixon and “more ‘time for Glick to go’ and explain why that’s the case and the way for her to go is to vote for Cynthia Nixon.”

Schwartz said he did hear that Nixon plans a press conference with Glick.

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