State Senator Eric Schneiderman was back on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, flanked by a handful of black elected officials, to accept the personal endorsement of the Reverend Al Sharpton.
“It was my intention to have this press conference later,” said Sharpton, who is leading a rally in Washington D.C. on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech this weekend. “But I felt it was appropriate on the eve of my leaving for Washington, that I unequivocally and enthusiastically endorse someone that I have known and worked with that has stood for justice and fairness in this state and has sympathized with those who have stood with all races and religions.”
Sharpton cited the senator’s work on stop and frisk, Rockefeller drug law reform, and a recent bill that will count prisoners in their home districts, rather than the district where they are incarcerated.
“Eric Schneiderman has stood across racial and ideological lines to stand for what is right,” Sharpton said. “That is the character that we need in a state attorney general. Not one that will do us favors, but that will do us fair. And that will be dependent upon the law to enforce the law for everyone.”
Asked whether he had spoken to Andrew Cuomo–who is said to be favoring Kathleen Rice–Sharpton said: “I have not discussed this with him, though I have talked to him. … I talk to a lot of people, I don’t have to agree with him on everything.”
Schneiderman has been lining up endorsements from black leaders, and is counting on a strong showing in New York City, which would mean a strong turnout by minority voters.
“It is an honor to have the Good Housekeeping seal of approval from the man from the House of Justice,” said Schneiderman, referring to the name of the headquarters where Sharpton’s National Action Network is located.
“The House of Justice will have an annex in Albany for the first time in the history of the state,” Schneiderman said.