Democrats want to replace Letitia James as New York AG post


state legislators. Local officials. Academics and members of Congress. They are all represented in the growing pool of potential candidates for the post of state attorney general.

The race to become the state’s top law enforcement official became an open primary as soon as the current occupant of the office – Letitia James – announced her campaign for governor last week. A dozen Democrats are now hoping to have the right elements to replace her, but they must first win the June primary.

Any of them could win in a crowded primary where a plurality of votes is enough to win. Here’s a roundup of Democrats who might be on the run now that James is moving on.

This article was last updated on November 2.


Fordham Zephyr Teachout Associate Professor of Law

The bona fide political corruption expert formed a campaign committee after saying she would participate in an open race. So count her as the first official participant in the race. Past campaigns for governor, state attorney general and Congress have shown she can compete, but the three-time losing candidate in the election is obviously hoping the fourth time could be a charm.

Maybe running

Deputy Majority Leader in the State Senate Michael Gianaris

The election train could finally arrive for the longtime Queens lawmaker who has ogled the state attorney general’s office since Republican George Pataki was governor. Note from astute journalists all the little clues he drops about his interest in finally leaving the state legislature.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez

Gonzalez has been “digging” in recent times with his political allies to see if a campaign for the state attorney general might work, according to The City. His reputation as a left-wing reformer – and his willingness to support changes in progressive reforms – could help him build a winning statewide coalition, but it remains to be seen how well he could organize his first. statewide campaign.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz

The city cites four sources as saying Katz will “definitely” run in an open primary. Let’s hope for the good of all of us that his next campaign doesn’t boil down to a few dozen votes and a ton of litigation, unlike last time.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney

The absence of a candidate in the upstate means this Hudson Valley broker could have an advantage north of the Bronx County line. His national donor network could go very far in a Democratic primary for a statewide office, but it’s not clear if Maloney is truly interested in avenging his loss in the 2018 primary for the prosecutor. general of the state. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

Member of the Assembly Clyde Vanel

Vanel told City & State on November 2 that he was still building a campaign team – with an official announcement potentially in the coming weeks. Considering how the Queens lawmaker has gone all out to make New York City a space hub in recent years, we’ll all have to call him Attorney General Moonbeam if it all works out.

Kathleen Rice

The member for Long Island competed in a Democratic primary for the post of attorney general years ago. Whether she will do so next year remains a question to come. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

Shelley mayer

A potential dark horse in the race is the Yonkers State Senator, an attorney who cultivated close ties to organized labor during his time in both houses of the Legislature. Mayer did not respond to a request for comment at time of posting, but a local television channel cites multiple sources who say she is seriously considering a leak.

Maria vullo

Numerous media have reported that the former superintendent of the Ministry of Financial Services is considering running for the post of attorney general. Her background in overseeing the multi-billion dollar insurance and finance industries, along with the time she spent leading a national abortion rights group, could help stand out in a cluttered primary domain.

Not running

Representative Tom Suozzi

The Long Island congressman appears to be out of the running for gubernatorial post given the corner in which he has poked himself on taxes. He wouldn’t face the same problem if he ran for the state attorney general, but a source close to Suozzi recently told City & State he was not interested in the office.

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