This just in: Eric Dinallo has walked the walk.
That is the message the candidate for Attorney General delivered late Wednesday afternoon when he criticized his opponents for lacking his breadth of knowledge of the office and his experience within its hallowed halls.
“Some of my opponents, in talking about the Attorney General’s office, have shown a lack of understanding… ” Dinallo said.
Dinallo worked in the Attorney General’s office under Elliot Spitzer, manning, among other things, the “Blue Ribbon commission” charged with reviewing New York’s financial regulation structure.
And he has taken on the role of a head-shaker at many of the debates, trying to bring the candidates back to issues that cross the AG’s desk, instead of getting into ideological tussles about issues that will be irrelevant after January.
Dinallo does not identify his opponents by name, but he recently called some of them out for arguing that shaping tax policy is part of the AG’s job.
He argues that the attorney general’s job isn’t to push for new laws, but to pass their agenda using the laws available.
“As the only candidate who worked in the Attorney General’s office and who took on Wall Street’s biggest banks, I know what effective enforcement looks like and am proud to have helped expand how the Attorney General achieves it,” Dinallo said.
“I also know that we have the laws to tackle the big problems — from public corruption to financial fraud — and do not have to rely on new legislation to come from Albany to protect the New Yorkers.”