New York AG Letitia James drops out of governor's race
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that she would suspend her campaign bid for governor in 2022, citing a desire to "finish her work" as attorney general.
Why it matters: The attorney general had announced her bid for governor just over a month ago and was seen by Democratic strategists, operatives and progressives as a potentially strong candidate for the position.
- James has amassed a strong national profile for filing lawsuits against former President Trump, Facebook, Google and the National Rifle Association.
- Her office's investigation into sexual harassment accusations against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo culminated in his resignation earlier this year.
- If elected, James would've been the nation's first Black female governor.
What they're saying: "I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general," James said in a statement obtained by Axios.
- "There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job," she added.
- "I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do."