Brian Schwartz of CNBC reports that New York Attorney General Letitia James has held discussions with advisors and supporters about a potential run for governor next year.
Since James’ investigation into former governor Andrew Cuomo ended early last month, she and her political advisors have begun exploring whether she would have the support of previous donors and supporters if she chooses to run for governor instead of re-running for attorney general.
James has gained significant name recognition in recent years. In addition to the investigation into Cuomo, which spurred his resignation, she has battled with the National Rifle Association, preventing it from dissolving the corporation in New York to avoid litigation
James has also joined the investigation into the criminal inquiry into the Trump Organization which focuses on a litany of financial crimes, including tax evasion and bank fraud.
The Howard University graduate hasn’t quite made up her mind yet. For starters, running in the Democratic Primary would mean giving up her job as attorney general and walking away from the Trump investigation, which she’s been the face of over the last year. Also, the acting governor, Kathy Hochul, said she would run and has already built a solid foundation, picking up top donors in the state.
According to CNBC, some people in political circles have already started manning the phones on James’ behalf.
Luis Miranda Jr., a political consultant and the father of playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, has also been making calls to gauge support for a potential run for governor. Miranda has also been linked to the Senate campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand.
A poll conducted by Data For Progress shows James in the lead as a preferred primary candidate ahead of Hochul.