State AGs: Aspiring Governors
By John Gramlich, Staff Writer
Confirming what the New York Post deemed " Albany's worst-kept secret ," New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced over the weekend that he is running for governor.
Speculation that Cuomo, a Democrat, would enter the race has run rampant since New York's embattled governor, David Paterson, announced in February that he would not face the voters. Cuomo — whose father was governor of New York from 1983 to 1994 — announced his decision in an Internet video.
Cuomo joins a growing list of attorneys general who are seeking their states' top jobs this year. California Attorney General Jerry Brown — himself a former governor — also fed speculation for months before announcing his gubernatorial bid in March.
Overall, at least 10 attorneys general are in the running for governor this year. On the Democratic side of the aisle it's Terry Goddard in Arizona, Brown in California, Thurbert Baker in Georgia, Cuomo in New York , Drew Edmondson in Oklahoma and Patrick Lynch in Rhode Island. For Republicans, it's Bill McCollum in Florida, Mike Cox in Michigan, Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania and Henry McMaster in South Carolina.
At least two other attorneys general — Kentucky's Jack Conway and Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal — are running for the U.S. Senate, both as Democrats.