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Cuomo is quietly backing Rice to succeed him as New York State Attorney General…..

If Andrew Cuomo becomes New York State’s next Governor ……as most of us think he will…….

Then the last two New York Attorney General will have moved up to become Governor……

With that in mind …..

We have begun following the AG race in New York State..

We have had an upstate Democratic straw poll in which Kathleen Rice came in second after Eric Dinallo…..who is a political new comer …who worked for Eliot Spritzer…

The fact that Nassau County DA Rice came in second has not gone unnoticed around the state….

That fact has been boosted by the common knowledge that Rice is now being pushed for the State AG  position by Cuomo…who is more that 30 percentage  points above Republican’s Lazio AND Levy….The two would-be GOP challengers for right to run against Cuomo….

Oh, Yea there’s more…..

It seems that New York City Mayor Bloomberg has HIS guy lining up for a run at the Governor’s job also….

That is Staten Island  DA  Dan Donavan……..

A note to Mr. Donavan…..

Bloomberg just bearly got reelected after spending $130 Million…..

The last person Bloomberg backed for anything was Harold FFord, Jr.for the New York State Senate seat….

And he never got out of the gate!

Good Luck Mr. Donovan…..

You’re gonna need it…..

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and soon-to-be gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo appear to be lining up on opposite sides in the contentious battle for New York state attorney general.

Mr. Bloomberg is strongly encouraging Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, a Republican, to enter the race and is prepared, once Mr. Donovan announces, to endorse him officially, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Cuomo’s political team, meanwhile, is quietly urging Democrats to unite around the candidacy of another prosecutor, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, according to state Democrats.

The race to succeed Mr. Cuomo as attorney general has emerged as one of the most closely watched contests this year, as Mr. Cuomo prepares to pursue the governorship.

With two of the state’s most dominant political figures staking rival ground, the stage is set for a proxy war over control of an office with national influence.

Mr. Donovan, who is expected to launch his bid in the coming weeks, is surrounding himself with Bloomberg aides.

Bradley Tusk, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign manager last year, is a top strategist, and Virginia Lam, a former press aide to Mr. Bloomberg, has been tapped to handle communications for Mr. Donovan.

Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor, said Mr. Bloomberg believes Mr. Donovan has done an “outstanding job” as district attorney and would “make a great statewide candidate.”

In an interview, Mr. Donavan acknowledged that Mr. Bloomberg has been “very supportive.”

How about this Cuomo dance around the truth by staff….

A spokesman for Mr. Cuomo’s political team said the attorney general has not settled on a candidate to support in the race. A spokesman for the Rice campaign said the district attorney “would obviously be thrilled to have his endorsement,” but declined to comment further on the possibility.

And then this…..

Ms. Rice’s second-place finish, ahead of two more established rivals, was seen by Democrats as a sign of Mr. Cuomo’s helping hand.

More……..

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6 Comments »

  1. When can we expect an official gubernatorial announcement from Cuomo ?

    He’s taking too damn long to announce already and it’s May right now dude.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. He can take as long he wants…….. with his poll numbers ……since once he does make the announcement they are going to drop…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. I’m assuming sometime in June is the technical last date……

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 10, 2010 | Reply

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