Christine Quinn criticizes Cynthia Nixon's bid for governor: She's an 'unqualified lesbian'

Although just announced yesterday, Cynthia Nixon's bid for New York governor is already stirring the political pot.

One of her biggest critics so far is former city council speaker and New York City mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn.

"Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City," said Quinn in an interview with the New York Post, referring to Nixon's endorsement of Bill de Blasio over Quinn in the 2013 Democratic primary for mayor.

"Now she wants to be an unqualified lesbian to be the governor of New York. You have to be qualified and have experience. She isn’t qualified to be the governor," Quinn added.

Quinn is openly gay and a supporter of New York's current governor Andrew Cuomo.

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The "unqualified" comment seems to stem from the fact that Nixon — despite having a history of political activism — has never run for or held office.

"She’s [Nixon] an accomplished actress, a supporter of political causes and that’s a good thing. Participating in rallies is important," Quinn said. "But she’s never run an organization. Being an actress and celebrity doesn’t make you qualified for public office. This is a time to move away from celebrity and toward progressive leadership."

Quinn also said that she thought the election's focus should be on uniting and "focusing on winning control of the state Senate and taking back the House of Representatives."

Nixon isn't letting Quinn's comments get to her, though.

"Her being a lesbian and my being a lesbian" is not the issue, Nixon said, adding that the race should be about "the corruption in Albany."

The Post said Nixon also cited Gov. Cuomo's $30 million in donations, all of which she alleged to have come from corporate and special interests.

The New York Democratic primary will be held on Sep. 13.