How New York gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon turned #bagelgate into a tasty money maker ahead of the democratic primary against Andrew Cuomo
Cynthia Nixon is enlisting foodies to help out with her schmear campaign.
The gubernatorial hopeful had stomachs turning when she casually ordered lox and cream cheese with capers on a cinnamon raisin bagel at the iconic deli Zabar’s in Manhattan on Sunday, which many considered the ultimate food crime, with the New York Post calling it “horrifying.” Now, she’s giving one fan the opportunity to enlighten her eating habits with a “Nosh with Cynthia” fundraiser.
“You might have seen the internet go crazy today when it was revealed what Cynthia ordered yesterday at Zabar’s: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel With… Lox, Capers, Red Onions, Cream Cheese, and Tomatoes. WHAT? We know,” the post from her campaign team reads. “We haven’t been able to convince her how weird this is, so wanted to give one lucky supporter the opportunity to enlighten her.”
When reporters questioned Nixon’s eyebrow raising sweet and savory bagel combo, she asserted: “That’s my go-to brunch, breakfast, whether I’m out or I’m home,” she said. “I mean, it’s not uncooked oatmeal. But it’s pretty delicious. And I say, don’t yuck my yum. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.”
Still, food shamers from New York to Washington D.C. were quick to call Nixon out with the carb-loaded hashtag #BagelGate.
“IMPEACH,” CNN’s political commentator Chris Cillizza tweeted.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 10, 2018
“Is this even legal?” George Conway, husband of White House advisor Kellyanne Conway wrote.
is this even legal https://t.co/lKBgepFZbB
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 10, 2018
There's a lot happening in New York politics right now, but @CynthiaNixon eating a cinnamon raisin bagel with lox hit me as an unmatched level of chaos @Gothamist https://t.co/XsAECVbQQB pic.twitter.com/Q5PLU5MG3O
— Ellen (@ekcranley) September 10, 2018
Of course, Nixon is hardly the first politician to be called out for her questionable food politics. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio committed a similar culinary faux pas when he chose to eat a slice of pizza with a fork and knife instead of folding it in half, a habit he claimed to have learned from his “ancestral homeland” of Italy. Ohio Gov. John Kasich was also criticized for making the same mistake while eating pizza at Gino’s in Queens.
Supporters of Nixon — who will face Andrew Cuomo in Thursday’s Democratic primary — can donate any amount to the campaign for a chance to nosh with the former “Sex & The City” actress. Winners will be selected at random and not based on how much they donate. The contest will run until Thursday.
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