Letitia James Attorney General Run Announcement

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Public Advocate Letitia James Announces Run For Attorney General

May 16, 2018 - 4:14 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After teasing that a big announcement was coming for days, city Public Advocate Letitia James has announced she is running to become the next New York state attorney general.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported, a raucous crowd stood behind James waving signs with her name on them at the downtown Brooklyn event, yelling, “Run, Tish, run!” But James herself was measured in her speech, laying out that she will be the people’s champion if elected New York attorney general.

“New Yorkers deserve an attorney general who is unwavering in her fight to uphold and defend their most basic rights,” James said.

James is not running for the liberal Working Families Party nomination – a move some see as forced upon her by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of his desire to limit the partiy’s power after they endorsed his rival, Cynthia Nixon, for governor.

Speaking with reporters after the rally, James denied the governor had any influence on her decision to not seek the WFP’s nomination.

“I have been focused on securing the Democratic nomination – nothing more, nothing less,” James said.

The former attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, resigned a week ago Monday within hours of the publication of a New Yorker article in which four women he dated or met romantically accused him of nonconsensual physical violence.

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas has been appointed as special prosecutor to investigate the allegations.

Solicitor General Barbara Underwood was appointed to the post on an interim basis. Interviews were under way Tuesday and will continue Wednesday for acting attorney general, who will be selected by a full vote by the New York State Legislature.

The public will elect an attorney general to a full term in November.