UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, State Senator Gianaris told a reporter that he would not run for attorney general. Instead, he will throw his support behind Public Advocate Letitia James, who is now seen as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
With the creep Eric Schneiderman booted from the New York Attorney General’s office, the race for his replacement has begun.
Dozens of politicians have hinted at running in the primary in September. Interim AG Barbara Underwood will be at the helm until the voters choose a successor.
Names like Public Advocate Tish James, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and even former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have all indicated interest.
How about a name from Queens?
State Senator Michael Gianaris, long rumored to have coveted the job, issued the following statement last week:
“I am grateful to the many leaders who are encouraging me to run for Attorney General and intend to give serious consideration to doing so. In the coming days and weeks, I will continue speaking with my supporters and other interested New Yorkers as I decide whether to seek election to the Attorney General’s office this year. This is a critical time in New York and a decision that deserves careful thought. As a result, I will not be participating in the expedited legislative selection process next week.”
The senator is referring to the rule that the State Legislature, controlled by Democrats, will select an interim AG before the election. Many interested candidates like Gianaris have opted not to submit a resume for the interim slot; instead, they intend to run in the primary.
As you know, Gianaris served as deputy leader of the Senate Democrats until the IDC-Mainline Democrats reunification. He still heads the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, which works to elect Democrats to the State Senate.
Gianaris was elected to the State Senate in 2010 after serving 10 years in the Assembly. Before that, he was an aide to Congressman Thomas Manton, a Queens regional rep for Governor Mario Cuomo and a counsel to the speaker of the Assembly.
A graduate of NYC public schools, Gianaris graduated from Fordham University, and later received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He practiced law as a litigator in private practice.
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