Attorney General Eric Schneiderman doesn’t have a Republican rival in sight for his re-election bid next year, but his campaign nevertheless remains on red alert.
The Schneiderman camp sent out a fund-raising pitch to supporters this morning entitled “Their Top Target” with an ominous warning of a heated campaign to come.
“The page has barely turned on the 2013 elections, but our opponents are already showing their playbook for next year. According to media reports, New York Republicans view Eric Schneiderman as their top target,” the email declares, linking to a Daily News story reporting that some state Republicans think “their best chance” at citywide office lies in the attorney general’s office.
“Why?” the Schneiderman email continues. “Because our opponents don’t want a true champion for New York’s working families in this office.”
Mr. Schneiderman remains a favorite to win re-election. According to a Siena Poll released this morning, 27 percent of New Yorkers hold a favorable view of Mr. Schneiderman while 16 percent are unfavorable. The remaining 57 percent have no opinion–numbers likely to change as 2014’s election season draws nearer.
While former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia is often cited as a potential Republican candidate in the race, he has reportedly decided against a bid. It is not clear who else would challenge the Manhattan Democrat who, as of July, had a little over $4 million in his campaign war chest.
The Schneiderman campaign could not be immediately reached for comment.