Public Advocate Letitia James plans to enter race for attorney general

Letitia James declares intent to run for NY state attorney general

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood is among those vying for the position, alongside incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and former New York City Councilman David Yassky.

Solicitor General Barbara Underwood became acting AG when Schneiderman resigned last week.

"I am not a politician", Underwood said.

"G$3 iven the timing of Eric Schneiderman's resignation and the current state law prohibiting candidates from seeking two offices simultaneously, I have determined that I can not run for Attorney General at this time", she said.

Another concern for Rice was she could face scrutiny for potential campaign finance violations if she ran for attorney general.

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Assembly Codes Committee Chair Joe Lentol, the highest-ranking Assembly Democrat at the public interview, could not say whether Underwood would ultimately be chosen to fill the job. "I am confident that New Yorkers will choose an Attorney General who is worthy of our faith and our trust".

Seven of the candidates, including Underwood and Abinanti, were scheduled to interview Tuesday. "We want to interview her and every other person".

"But we are here, after deeply disturbing allegations that shocked me and many others, and that caused the prior attorney general to resign", Underwood said.

"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.

Underwood said she has no plans to run for attorney general in November, which she said makes her a better option for the position now during the interim period. "I assure you that I can be that voice". "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors". Republicans have criticized Cuomo for chiming in on the attorney general selection process, saying the state's top legal agency must remain independent from the governor's office.

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