Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

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Report: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Mounts Exploratory Committee For State Attorney General Run

May 29, 2018 - 12:32 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York) has formed an exploratory committee for a run for state attorney general, according to a published report.

The New York Times reported that Maloney has $3 million in the bank in a federal campaign account.

New York state election law makes it complicated to run for two offices at once, hence why U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-New York) announced she would not run for attorney general and decided to run for reelection to Congress instead.

But Maloney already filed for reelection in Congress and will try to run for both posts, according to reports.

The New York State Democratic Party has already named New York City Public Advocate Letitia James as its nominee for AG, though others may mount primary campaigns against her.

The seat was vacated early this month by Eric Schneiderman, who resigned 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.

Maloney released a statement following Schneiderman's resignation: “These allegations are horrific and inconsistent with the increasingly important job of New York Attorney General. New Yorkers should be able to count on the fact that the highest law enforcement official in our state does not engage in this type of conduct. Survivors of abuse are telling their stories, and it’s time for us to listen.”

Solicitor General Barbara Underwood was appointed to the post on an interim basis and was voted in by the state Legislature to keep the seat through the end of the year. Underwood is not running to be elected to the seat.

Maloney also ran for attorney general in 2006, but lost to now-Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the primary that year.