Former Criminal Justice Commissioner Endorses AG Candidate Kathleen Rice

Denise O’Donnell, the former state commissioner of criminal justice, endorsed Kathleen Rice for attorney general at City Hall this afternoon.

In February–as reports of state police misconduct in a domestic violence case involving an aide to the governor emerged–O’Donnell abruptly resigned in protest when she discovered the state police commissioner had lied to her about his officers’ involvement in the case. That series of events was the most damaging scandal to rock Governor David Paterson’s administration, and eventually led him to abandon his campaign earlier this year.

“Ethical lapses, abuse of power, and criminal conduct have cast a very dark shadow on our state government,” O’Donnell said. “New York needs an independent attorney general, not an Albany insider, to shed a light on that corruption.”

Nearly everyone running for statewide office this year is casting themselves as an “outsider,” or at least a someone unaffiliated with the power structure in Albany.

I asked O’Donnell to define the term “Albany Insider.”

“I can define what it’s not,” O’Donnell said. “It’s not someone who’s been a career prosecutor. It’s not someone who’s been a district attorney.” Former Criminal Justice Commissioner Endorses AG Candidate Kathleen Rice