Letitia Jam, New York Attorney General is set to declare her candidacy to be the next governor of the state. A report says that an announcement will come as early as Thursday.
“Attorney General Letitia James has made a decision regarding the governor’s race,” James adviser Kimberly Peeler-Allen said. She will announce it within the next days.
Six Democratic leaders were briefed by the New York Times on James’ plans to run for the election. James intends to challenge the current New York Governor. Kathy Hochul was the scandal-ridden ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned earlier in the year and will be running for president next year.
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Democratic insiders report that the Attorney General’s Team has been looking for early endorsements to boost the campaign, after having spent months deliberating whether to run.
James served as Brooklyn’s representative on New York City Council. She would then become the first woman of color to be elected Governor in the United States.
In recent years, she has been praised by fellow Democrats for her clashes against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and former President Donald Trump. She also oversaw the sexual harassment accusations against Cuomo that led to his resignation.
“It’s going to be a definitive moment to have a sitting governor challenged by the current attorney general from the same party who are both history-making in their own right,” Democratic State Sen. Brad Hoylam told the New York Times.
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“This is the beginning of understanding the differences in the candidates and where they stand on different issues and how they differ in their governing philosophies, so we’re really at the beginning of what’s going to be a very fast-moving, but compressed calendar,” he continued.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is still in consideration, as well as Rep. Thomas Suozzi of D-N.Y. who represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District.