New York Attorney General Letitia James Ends Campaign for Governor

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced on Dec. 9 that she is suspending her campaign for governor and will instead run for reelection.

“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general. There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job,” James said on Twitter.

James’ announcement came hours after The Washington Post reported that she is seeking a deposition from former President Donald Trump in January as part of her office’s investigation on whether the Trump Organization committed financial fraud in how it values its real estate holdings.

State Senator Shelley Mayer welcomed James’ decision to run for reelection for attorney general and endorsed her “wholeheartedly.”

“Her decision to run for re-election demonstrates her determination to continue her unparalleled actions on major cases and important investigations that are currently pending,” Mayer said in a statement on Twitter.

Mayer, who had launched her campaign for attorney general in November, will instead run for reelection in the state Senate.

James launched her campaign for governor in late October.

James received national attentional following investigations into the office of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for concealing the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing home and into sexual harassment allegations against him, which ultimately led to his resignation.

James is the first woman of color to hold a statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected attorney general of the state.

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