Outspoken political and social activist actress Susan Sarandon – best known for her “Thelma and Louise” movie – endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for New York mayor on Sunday, according to a Politico report on Monday.
In a speech Sarandon gave at a Sunday night fundraiser held for de Blasio, she said that – as a woman – she was initially interested in New York City Councilwoman Christine Quinn’s candidacy for mayor but then, she said, it became clear to her that as a woman “you can’t just vote your vagina.” If Quinn were to be elected, she would become the first female mayor of New York City.
Sarandon told the audience that she learned more about de Blasio and his candidacy from Cynthia Nixon from the television show “Sex and the City.” Nixon was also at the fundraiser.
Specifically, Sarandon claims she has been very impressed with de Blasio’s focus on education which has been revealed during his campaign.
Besides de Blasio and Quinn, Anthony Weiner is in the Democratic mayor’s primary race. Weiner, due to a revival of sexting headlines, has fallen sharply in the polls, leaving many to believe the contest is now between de Blasio – whose numbers are improving – and Quinn – whose numbers are beginning to drop.
New York City’s primary is to be held on Sept. 10. If none of the candidates get 40 percent of the vote, the run-off election will be on Oct. 1. The general election against the Republican candidate will be on Nov. 5.