Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he wants voters to decide who will replace Eric Schneiderman as attorney general and not the legislature. He also said that he’d be happy to see acting AG Barbra Underwood remain in her position for the final months of her term.
As news broke that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had resigned on Monday night, ambitious New York politicos began angling to be named interim AG. The interim AG position would give, whoever held it, the momentum to secure the job full time in the November election. This would also help them avoid a costly (both monetarily and politically) primary battle for the Democratic nomination.
Early reports had Cuomo supporting current NYC Public Advocate Letitia James’ bid for interim AG, but backlash in the media and from voters over unseemly political maneuvering, has apparently changed the mind of the notoriously flip-floppy Cuomo. But tomorrow is a new day, and NY politicos live for moments like this. It seems impossible for them not to engage in corrupt actions and make self-serving decisions that are totally removed from the ideals of public service. Stay tuned.