Susan Sarandon Disavows ‘Vagina Voting’

Actress Susan Sarandon says that a woman’s vagina should not necessarily determine for whom to vote.

In the New York City Democrat mayoral primary, the liberal actress, 66, apparently has switched her support from Christine Quinn to the previously little known Bill de Blasio.

Quinn, the City Council Speaker, would be the first female mayor of New York City if elected.

Sarandon showed up at a de Blasio fundraiser Sunday night and according to the New York Observer, had this to say about the primary candidates and endorsing for reasons other than gender: “As a woman, initially I was interested in Quinn. It became clear to me that, you know as a woman, you can’t just vote your vagina.” Sarandon evidently learned more about the de Blasio campaign from “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who also endorsed his candidacy.

The actress reportedly became disillusioned with Quinn over issues such as term limits and paid sick leave. She also favors his emphasis on education. “I was impressed with the idea of Bill’s focus on education because I believe that is what gives you a belief in the future.”

Recent polling suggests that Quinn and de Blasio, the city’s Public Advocate, are neck and neck in the run-up to the September 10 primary. Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a.k.a. Carlos Danger, has faded in the polls as a result of the sexting scandal. If no primary candidate receives at least 40 percent of the vote, a runoff will take place on October 1 between the top two vote getters.

Sarandon, who is perhaps best known for her role in Thelma and Louise, won an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in Dead Man Walking. She has 125 IMDB entries in her acting filmography.

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