Calling him “a leader for reform in Albany, never shying away from taking on the tough fights on behalf of all New Yorkers,” Andrew Cuomo lent his endorsement to Eric Schneiderman’s campaign for attorney general at press conference in Central Park this afternoon.
“He is the clear choice to continue our positive and aggressive work in the Attorney General’s office,” the current occupant of that office said of the Democrat who hopes to replace him.
The endorsement comes after Cuomo quietly supported Schneiderman’s rival for the Democratic nomination, Nassau district attorney Kathleen Rice, throughout much of the primary season. Backers of the Republican nominee, Dan Donovan, had hoped that Cuomo would support the Staten Island district attorney or at least stay neutral in the race. In a series of news conferences since the primary on September 14th, Cuomo had repeatedly declined to say if he backed Schneiderman.
Schneiderman is running with the strong support of the state’s labor and activist class, and Cuomo’s campaign hopes that he will bring those voters to the polls in the general election to vote the Democratic ticket.
In a statement, Schneiderman said, “Andrew Cuomo’s record is second to none. As Attorney General, I pledge to continue Andrew’s outstanding work and look forward to serving with a Governor who will bring integrity, honesty and independence to the office to make sure our government works for the people of New York.”
UPDATE: Here’s some video of the event, provided by Schneiderman’s campaign. Liz has the Q-and-A.