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In New York, most 'progressive' AG candidate nominated



In New York and Rhode Island, Democratic voters nominated candidates for attorney general on Tuesday.

From Associated Press, "Lawmaker vs. prosecutor for NY attorney general": "NEW YORK (AP) -- State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, who won the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general, will face Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan in a general election, pitting a self-described progressive lawmaker against a tough-talking prosecutor in the race to become the state's top lawyer."

Yes, several of the five Democratic candidates seemed to be running on the platform of who could be the most "progressive," which seemed to mean appealing to traditional Democratic constituencies such as environmentalists, consumer groups, and supporters of economic redistribution.

Second behind Schneiderman was Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Schneiderman's campaign website is here, and Donovan's is here.

Interesting fall-out, too. Sean Coffey, who won a $6 billion settlement for WorldCom investors, has decided to retire from law. Coffee finished third in the primary.

In Rhode Island, Democrats nominated state Rep. Peter F. Kilmartin of Pawtucket, a former Pawtucket police officer turned lawyer. (Providence Journal coverage.) The Republican nominee is Erik B. Wallin, a former JAG and state prosecutor. Public corruption will be a big campaign issue.

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Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
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