Public Advocate Tish James has announced that she will run for Attorney General.

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Public Advocate Tish James Running To Replace Eric Schneiderman

May 16, 2018 - 12:30 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has made it official. She's running for Attorney General.

As 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, the crowd chanted, “Run, Tish, run!” at the downtown Brooklyn event, as James made her way to the podium to announce she is seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

If elected, she promised to use the law to bring about justice, and to stand up to Washington.

“When it comes to enforcing the law, I look forward to enforcing the law as it relates to voting rights, environmental laws, and civil rights and consumer rights,” James said. “I will be your champion.”

James received her law degree from Howard University. She has worked for the Legal Aid Society, and was a New York City councilwoman and assistant attorney general.

James has been the New York City public advocate since 2014, running for and winning the office after her predecessor, Bill de Blasio, ran for and became mayor.

James filed papers with the state board of elections declaring her intention to run for New York Attorney General in November, after Eric Schneiderman resigned last week. Just days ago, James withdrew her name from consideration for an appointment to serve as interim AG.

In the meantime, acting attorney general, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood said she won't seek the job in November, and Congresswoman Kathlenn Price said she plans to run for re-election in the fall.

Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of Long Island was also mentioned for the post, but she said she will be seeking election to a third term.

A special prosecutor is investigating allegations that Schneiderman assaulted and abused four women. He denies it and claims he was role playing during consensual sex.