John Cahill, the former chief adviser to Republican Gov. George Pataki, announced Sunday that he’s running for state attorney general against Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman.
Alluding to the immediate past two attorneys general, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Cahill said the office has become a political stepping stone to the governor’s mansion.
“Recently here in New York, we have seen the AG serve not as the attorney general but rather as the aspiring governor,” Cahill said from his hometown, Yonkers. “We see that this leads to decisions based on the special interests, political interests and self-interests of the attorney general rather than what is in the best interests of the people of New York.”
Cahill’s entrance fulfills the Republican party’s vow to have a candidate in each of the three statewide races. Westchester County executive Rob Astorino is challenging Cuomo, and Onondaga Comptroller Robert Antonacci hopes to defeat Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Of the three, Schneiderman is seen as the most vulnerable.