Public Advocate Is Ready for Hillary After All

Public Advocate Letitia James. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Public Advocate Letitia James. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) (Photo: Andrew Burton for Getty Images)

A day after saying she wasn’t quite ready to back Hillary Clinton’s bid for president, Public Advocate Letitia James endorsed the former secretary of state in an email to her supporters.

“I am proud to endorse Hillary for President and urge progressives everywhere to join us in supporting Hillary in 2016,” Ms. James said today in an e-mail paid for by her 2017 campaign account.

Just yesterday, Ms. James took a stance similar to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito—that she needed more information before backing Ms. Clinton, the first woman to represent New York in the U.S. Senate.

“I think Hillary is absolutely fabulous and wonderful, and it would be really exciting, exciting to have a woman president, and I’m looking forward to that. And I have a number of questions for Hillary, and I’m looking forward to that conversation,” she said yesterday.

Apparently, Ms. James’ questions were somehow answered between the Chipotle stops and roundtables on Ms. Clinton’s widely publicized van trip to Iowa, with her endorsement e-mail blasting out just over 24 hours later.

The e-mail to supporters was headlined “The right WOMAN for the job.”

Ms. James told her supporters she felt “a sense of urgency” about challenges ahead.

“But I also sense an excitement about the possibility of tomorrow,” the e-mail reads. “And I know that America’s tomorrow will be better with Hillary Clinton as our next President.”

And while Mr. de Blasio has said he wants to hear more about Ms. Clinton’s vision to close the income inequality gap in the country, Ms. James cited her as a “proven champion for working families.

“By electing Hillary as President, we will shatter the highest, hardest ceiling of them all,” she added.

Despite her wait-and-see tune yesterday, earlier this year Ms. James indicated to Capital New York she’d likely line up behind Ms. Clinton again after endorsing her in 2008.

While Ms. James made up her mind within a matter of days of Ms. Clinton’s announcement, Mr. de Blasio yesterday doubled down on his decision not to endorse Ms. Clinton yet, first revealed on Meet the Press this Sunday.

“Not a lot has changed since Sunday morning—it’s Tuesday afternoon,” Mr. de Blasio said yesterday when asked if he was ready to endorse Ms. Clinton, whose Senate campaign he ran in 2000.

As of yet, Ms. Clinton has no formal competition for the Democratic nomination—though Sen. Bernard Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley have both indicated they may enter the race. Others are hoping to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has said she is not running.

Read Ms. James’ full endorsement e-mail below:

Like millions of New Yorkers, I feel a sense of urgency about the challenges we face as a nation. Rising inequality, underfunded schools, lack of opportunity, and a sense that the playing field is tilted in favor of the wealthy and well-connected.

But I also sense an excitement about the possibility of tomorrow.

And I know that America’s tomorrow will be better with Hillary Clinton as our next President.

By electing Hillary as President, we will shatter the highest, hardest ceiling of them all. Even more importantly, we will be electing a proven champion for working families and a leader with the experience and vision to move our country forward.

I am proud to endorse Hillary for President and urge progressives everywhere to join us in supporting Hillary in 2016.  

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Best,

Letitia James

New York City Public Advocate

Public Advocate Is Ready for Hillary After All