Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James has been quietly laying the groundwork for a run for public advocate for some time now, and in many respects, has a pretty good shot at winning. The field to replace Bill de Blasio (assuming he runs for mayor) is pretty small at this point, and the two other names mentioned as possible contenders–current de Blasio aide Reshma Saujani and State Senator Daniel Squadron–are both young and with less time in public life than Ms. James. Plus, Ms. James is well-liked by her peers and has strong ties to labor.
But one thing appears to be a serious problem for her going forward: her anemic fundraising. Read More