According to Politico, New York Attorney General Letitia James is expected to announce a gubernatorial campaign.
“Attorney General Letitia James has made a decision on the governor’s race,” Kimberly Peeler-Allen, James’ adviser, said. “She’ll make an announcement in the next few days.”
James, the state’s first Black and female attorney general, is expected to make the announcement on Thursday. If she decides to run for governor, she will face current New York Governor Kathy Hochul.
Hochul took over for Andrew Cuomo earlier this year after the latter was accused of sexual misconduct.
During her time as Attorney General, James has made quite a name for herself.
Last year, she filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA) for creating a “culture of self-dealing, mismanagement, and negligent oversight.”
Over the summer, James ordered an ice cream shop owner who made false accusations against Black Lives Matter protesters to police to pay $500 to each of the 20 demonstrators he lied on.
In the interim, the attorney general found herself holding the 45th president to account on several occasions.
She announced her intention to investigate former President Donald Trump before taking office, and the investigation is still ongoing. She also double-checked the 75-year-old after he failed to mention her by name in a tweet.
“It is very hard and expensive to live in New York,” Trump ranted in a tweet from his now-suspended account. “Governor Andrew Cuomo uses his Attorney General as a bludgeoning tool. They sue on everything, always looking for a crime to commit. I was even sued on behalf of a foundation that charged no rent or expenses and gave away more money than it had.”
As the elected Attorney General of New York, it is my sworn obligation to safeguard and uphold state law. My office will follow the facts of any matter to their logical conclusion.
Make no mistake: no one, not even the President, is above the law.
My name is Letitia James, by the way. (You may refer to me as Tish.) https://t.co/GXkZ2QVWqE
— New York Attorney General James (@NewYorkStateAG) on July 1, 2019
“P.S. My name is Letitia James,” she signed off after reminding the president of her responsibilities. (You may refer to me as Tish.)”
If elected, James would be the first African-American woman to serve as governor of a state in the United States.