New York Metropolis Public Advocate Letitia James gained’t search the poll line of the liberal Working Households Social gathering in her marketing campaign for New York legal professional common, a spokeswoman confirmed.
“Public Advocate James is targeted on incomes the Democratic nomination and bringing her capabilities, expertise and fervour to the Lawyer Normal’s workplace,” mentioned James spokeswoman Delaney Kempner.
The information was first tweeted by the New York Instances’ Shane Goldmacher.
On its face, James’ declination is surprising: In 2003, she turned the primary candidate in New York Metropolis political historical past to win election operating solely on the third-party poll line of the WFP, profitable an election to interchange ex-Brooklyn Councilman James Davis, who months earlier had been assassinated by a political rival.
However James has confronted stress in current days: the New York Instances reported earlier this week that James had informed a number of folks that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was urging her to not take the WFP line. The WFP spurned Cuomo this 12 months in its endorsement for governor and as a substitute backed actress Cynthia Nixon.
Kempner, the James spokeswoman, didn’t reply a query from the Instances Union about whether or not James was declining to take the WFP line in trade for getting Cuomo’s assist for her AG bid.
Cuomo is talking to legal professional common candidates this week, and will endorse one, he mentioned on Sunday.
The WFP conference, the place it’ll endorse for AG, is going down on Saturday, whereas the state Democratic conference begins Could 23.
With James out of the operating, one seemingly candidate for the WFP nomination for AG is legislation professor Zephyr Teachout, who ran for governor towards Cuomo in 2014. Teachout additionally has shut ties with the WFP’s present nominee for governor, Cynthia Nixon, serving as marketing campaign treasurer.
James’ choice strengthens the chance that she’s going to run with the assist of Cuomo. She is kicking off her AG marketing campaign this afternoon in Brooklyn.
Whereas her politics lean to the left of Cuomo’s, as public advocate she has tussled at instances with New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio, who’s in a long-running feud with Cuomo. And James operating a robust AG marketing campaign, particularly if she is allied with Cuomo, might carry votes for the governor in minority neighborhoods in New York Metropolis which were electoral bulwarks for Cuomo prior to now, however which Nixon is courting.
At one level, James had been floated as a operating mate for Cuomo as lieutenant governor. Cuomo now seems more likely to stick along with his present LG, Kathy Hochul.
A WFP spokesman didn’t instantly have a touch upon James’ choice. Different potential sturdy candidates for AG embody former U.S. Lawyer Preet Bharara (who reportedly might run as an impartial), Queens state Sen. Mike Gianaris, and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who reportedly believes he might run within the Democratic major, regardless of authorized questions on whether or not he may be on the poll for Congress.
The whirlwind of political exercise comes after ex-AG Eric Schneiderman resigned final week, hours after the New Yorker reported allegations that he bodily and verbally assaulted a number of ladies.