NY Attorney General Letitia James Suspends Campaign For Governor

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Thursday that she is suspending her campaign for New York governor and will run for re-election instead.

“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” she said. “There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job. I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do.”

The announcement came a few hours after The Washington Post reported that James’ office plans to subpoena former President Donald Trump as part of the state’s civil fraud investigation into the Trump Organization.

The reporting states that James is seeking to have Trump sit for a deposition early next year to question him about whether the Trump Organization manipulated valuations of its real estate properties.

James announced she was running for New York governor in October, saying at the time, “I’m running for Governor of New York because I have the experience, vision, and courage to take on the powerful on behalf of all New Yorkers.”

James received national attention this year when her office oversaw the investigation and subsequent report into allegations of sexual harassment against former Governor Andrew Cuomo, which ultimately led to his resignation.

James is the first woman elected as New York’s attorney general and also the first Black person to serve in that role.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who took office in August after Cuomo resigned, is running for a full term.

A Siena College poll released Tuesday showed Hochul leading James 36% to 18%.

In addition to Hochul, James faced a primary race for governor that included U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat who represents Long Island, and Jumaane Williams, who serves as a citizen ombudsman in his elected office of New York City Public Advocate. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is also expected to enter the race.

 

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