Staten Island DA enters NY AG race as Republican

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May 17, 2010

NEW YORK CITY, New York: With his announcement on Monday, May 17, 2010, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan became the first Republican candidate to officially enter the race for state attorney general. Three Democratic candidates - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice, former Superintendent of Insurance for New York State Eric Dinallo, and assemblyman Richard Brodsky - have already launched their campaigns in the mean time.

Donovan, flanked by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who endorsed his candidacy for the statewide office, vowed in his announcement speech to make public corruption in a felony case in the state. Although it would require his office, if elected, to push for legislation that would allow original jurisdiction, he argued it is an important issue to pursue because "when somebody violates the public trust, they defraud us all.”[1] The reason he is running is that he has had enough "of the political corruption, the one-party rule, the higher taxes," and, most importantly, because New York "state government becoming a national joke."[2]

Current state attorney general, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, has long been speculated to make a run for the governorship in New York, but as of yet has not made his entry into the campaign official.

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