The Observer supported Eric Schneiderman’s bid to win the Democratic Party’s nomination as a candidate for attorney general. We reiterate our support in the general election.
Mr. Schneiderman, a veteran state senator from the West Side, faces a worthy opponent in Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. Mr. Donovan has been unabashed in asserting that Wall Street is not necessarily a den of thieves and may actually achieve some good for the general public. It’s a rare sentiment, and Mr. Donovan deserves praise for not engaging in the politics of faux populism.
Mr. Schneiderman, however, brings a broader range of interest and expertise to the campaign. Like his immediate predecessors, Mr. Schneiderman sees the attorney general’s office as a proactive agency with the expertise to intervene on behalf of consumers, crime victims, the environment and voters.
As a state senator, Mr. Schneiderman has been an impeccable public servant with an undisputed reputation for integrity and honesty. As attorney general, he figures to be an aggressive prosecutor of official misconduct and a strong advocate for civil liberties.
He promises to be the conscience of Albany in the coming years. That figures to be no small task.