Attorney General Letitia James drops out of New York Governor race
- James announced she will run for Attorney General's position again
- The 62-year-old was considered to be tough competition against Kathy Hochul
- James is the first woman elected as New York’s attorney
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that she will be dropping out of the race for the upcoming Governor elections and focusing on her current job. James is a member of the Democratic party.
She further announced that she will "finish the job" amid multiple ongoing investigations in the state of New York and will then seek re-election for the position she currently holds.
James, who was expected to be a strong challenger to current New York Governor Kathy Hochul, announced that she would take part in the upcoming gubernatorial polls in October this year. James announced her run nearly two months after she spearheaded the investigation against former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
James said a statement, "I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general", according to reports from Associated Press.
She added, "There are a number of important investigations and cases that are underway, and I intend to finish the job. I am running for re-election to complete the work New Yorkers elected me to do."
James, 62, is the first woman elected as New York’s attorney general and the first Black person to serve in the role.
James ended her campaign for governor the same day it was reported that she was seeking to have former President Donald Trump sit for a deposition in an ongoing civil probe into his business practices, according to reports from Associated Press.
A familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly and did so under the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that James' office requested the Trump provide testimony on January 7.
Since she became Attorney General in 2019, James' office filed dozens of lawsuits against the Trump administration over federal policies on immigration, the environment and other matters
(With AP inputs)