Oct 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

New York AG Letitia James announces bid for governor

New York Attorney General Letitia James speaking in New York City in August 2021.
New York Attorney General Letitia James speaking in New York City in August 2021. Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she will run for governor in 2022.

Why it matters: James has been seen by Democratic strategists, operatives and progressives as a potentially strong candidate for governor given her heightened national profile from lawsuits against former President Trump, Facebook, Google and the National Rifle Association, as well as her office's investigation into sexual harassment accusations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

  • The investigation into Cuomo eventually led to his resignation earlier this year.

What she's saying: "I've spent my career guided by a simple principal: stand up to the powerful on behalf of the vulnerable — to be a force for change," James said in an announcement video posted on Twitter.

  • “I’m running for Governor of New York because I have the experience, vision, and courage to take on the powerful on behalf of all New Yorkers," she added.
  • James was the first African American and the first woman elected as N.Y.'s attorney general.

The big picture: Current Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who became the first woman to serve as governor after assuming the position following Cuomo's resignation, said in August that she will also run for governor in 2022.

  • James' candidacy likely sets up a competitive Democratic primary.
  • For the Republican nomination, Andrew Giuliani — son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) have announced their candidacies.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details throughout.

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