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Public Advocate Letitia James plans to enter race for attorney general

Public Advocate Letitia James plans to enter race for attorney general

A NY assemblyman has a suggestion on what former state attorney general Eric Schneiderman should do with his campaign funds.

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood being interviewed for the interim appointment in Albany.

Underwood, speaking to reporters afterward, said she thinks the hundreds of attorneys who work in the AG's office were reassured by her quick assumption of the post of acting attorney general, just one day after the accusations against Schneiderman were made public in the New Yorkermagazine.

Thomas claims former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman conducted an illegal investigation.

Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer". "I've argued 20 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, 21 cases before our state's highest court, and 33 cases in the Second Circuit - and I've closely supervised the work of other attorneys on hundreds more. An Acting Attorney General not appointed by the legislature has no authority to take an official action such as seeking an indictment from a grand jury".

"I am not a politician", Underwood said. "There's some truth to that, but I can assure you that is not who I am".




"I'm not suggesting that I'm more qualified, I'm suggesting that I have different qualifications and that other qualification is having served in public office and that I'm aware of the policy issues", Abinanti said. Several candidates who chose not to go through the Legislature's appointment process are expected to compete for their party's nomination to run for attorney general.

Republicans who lead the state Senate favor Underwood, as does Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Republicans believe no one who is planning to run for a full term in November should be considered for the interim position.

On Tuesday, James opened a campaign account for a potential run for attorney general.

"It's time to put people ahead of politics, and ultimately let the voters decide who their next attorney general will be", Flanagan said in a statement.


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