Letitia James Drops Out of Race for New York Governor

State Attorney General Tish James has suspended her campaign for governor less than two months after a highly anticipated launch, saying that she will instead focus on reelection to her current job in 2022.

James had been viewed as the strongest potential primary challenger to Gov. Kathy Hochul, who succeeded Andrew Cuomo after James’ probe into allegations of sexual harassment forced his resignation in August. But even after she entered the race in October, she never launched a full-fledged campaign and regularly trailed Hochul by wide margins in early polls.

“I have come to the conclusion that I must continue my work as attorney general,” James said in a statement Thursday. “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.”

Just before she announced her withdrawal from the governor’s race, several news outlets reported that she is continuing to pursue her office’s high-profile probes into former president Donald Trump. James is seeking a deposition from Trump on Jan. 7 at her New York offices as part of her investigation into potential fraud inside the Trump Organization, according to a source familiar with the matter.

A senior campaign adviser said the governor’s race didn’t seem to engage James as her previous campaigns did, something which became apparent to everyone on the campaign, including the candidate herself.

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SOURCE: Politico, Bill Mahoney and Anna Gronewald