Letitia James Is NOT Running for Governor After All

Posted: Dec 09, 2021 2:30 PM
Letitia James Is NOT Running for Governor After All

Source: AP Photo/Adrian Kraus

Less than a month and a half after announcing her run for governor, New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced she is not running after all. The announcement came Thursday over Twitter.

James announced on October 29 that she was running, though the run had been teased on October 27. 

Instead, James will be running for re-election as attorney general. A report released in August from her office revealed that then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo had engaged in sexual harassment in the workplace, in violation of state and federal law. Cuomo ultimately resigned. 

As James was tweeting that she would not run for governor, Business Insider's Jake Lahut tweeted that he "had gotten a tip" that a personal attorney of James had advised her not to run.

James' announcement that she was running happened to come the day after it was also reported that a misdemeanor sex crime charge was filed against Cuomo. While Cuomo was supposed to appear in court in November, his arraignment was delayed until January 7, as the complaint was found to be "potentially defective" and could ultimately be thrown out. 

This time, James' announcement that she is not running comes less than a week after Andrew Cuomo's younger brother, Chris Cuomo, was fired from his job at CNN. James' investigation also found that the younger Cuomo used his media connections to try to dig up information about the multiple women who accused his older brother of sexual misconduct. 

The Democratic primary for governor now looks to include sitting Gov. Kathy Hochul and outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who filed paperwork to run last month. Fellow Democrats Rep. Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are also running.

Rep. Lee Zeldin is running as a Republican. In a recently released statement, he specifically referenced Williams as the likely Democratic nominee.

"The attacks on New Yorkers' wallets, safety, freedom and kids' education have been relentless and are causing more New Yorkers to hit their breaking point every day and flee the state. I look forward to the debate about which way our state should head from here, because so many New York individuals, families, and businesses have had enough of this failed one-party rule," his statement read.