Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said Monday that he won't seek a temporary appointment as state attorney general but will decide soon whether to run this year for a full term in the office that Eric Schneiderman vacated last week.
The State Legislature on Tuesday was scheduled to begin interviewing more than a dozen candidates to fill the role on an interim basis until December 31, when Schneiderman's term ends.
Orange County Legislator Jim O'Donnell is the Republican candidate for the 18th District House seat.
"I don't think any of us expected to be sitting here today". "We want to interview her and every other person".
"I believe that, at this critical time, the Attorney General must be a stabilizing and strong voice for the rule of law", she said, noting that she has argued 20 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. "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".
"If I were the legislature, I would appoint Barbara Underwood to complete this term", Lloyd Constantine, a former aide to Eliot Spitzer, wrote in his cover letter to the Legislature. "But I can assure you that's not who I am".
Thomas Abinanti, the next applicant whom the committee considered Tuesday, joked that the room had already cleared out, and that the state "could do a lot worse" than Underwood.
Candidates interested in the attorney general's job but who skipped the interview process include New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; Zephyr Teachout, whom Cuomo defeated in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary and state Sen.
On Tuesday, James opened a campaign account for a potential run for attorney general. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors".
Rather, Rice said she would run for a third term in Congress.