Maloney says he'll decide soon on attorney general run

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

A NY assemblyman has a suggestion on what former state attorney general Eric Schneiderman should do with his campaign funds.

Acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood is considered by some to be the favorite to serve out the remainder of disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's term.

But the legislature has the power to name an interim AG and on Tuesday was interviewing potential candidates - including Underwood - who would serve through the end of the year.

"I think it's an understatement to say that none of us expected to be sitting here today for this goal", Underwood told senators and Assembly members gathered Tuesday at a meeting room in the state Capitol complex.

Underwood credited her experience as distinguishing her from the other applicants, "I believe that, at this critical time, the attorney general must be a stabilizing and strong voice for the rule of law", she said. Schneiderman has denied the accusations.

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Underwood, the former USA solicitor general, is one of 13 candidates who will interview with the state Legislature beginning Tuesday afternoon in hopes of filling out the final seven months of Schneiderman's term.

"I am not a politician", Underwood said.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said candidates for the temporary appointment will be given a chance to publicly discuss their qualifications and answer questions from legislators. O'Donnell of Manhattan, actress Rosie O'Donnell's brother, and Elizabeth Holtzman, a former congresswoman and New York City comptroller. Mike Gianaris, Public Advocate Letitia James, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara - opted to sit out the selection process.

James registered Monday with the state Board of Elections for a campaign committee to raise money for a run for attorney general.

"I won't be distracted as anyone who is going to run would be by the whole process of fundraising and politicking", she said.

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