Ms. James accepted this year’s nomination in the same Manhattan hotel ballroom where Mr. Cuomo celebrated his election victory in 2018. Mr. Cuomo was not invited to Thursday’s conference, and his spokesman recently rejected that Mr. Cuomo is interested in running for attorney general.
The Cuomo-free convention was made for a rare scene.
His father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, who served three terms, dominated the conventions in the 1980s and 1990s. Andrew Cuomo then cast a shadow over the convention in 2002, when he famously withdrew ran for governor on the eve of the event, admitting that he had no way of winning against the party’s preferred choice, Carl McCall. In 2006, he win the party’s approval for justice minister when he returned to politics before being elected governor in 2010.
Most of the party formation, however, seems to have debunked Mr. Cuomo, whose ruthless tactics left him with few, if any, political allies when he decided to step down or have risk of impeachment.
“I haven’t heard anyone say his name yet and I think people are looking forward to it,” Pat Ryan, an Ulster County Democrat and executive, said shortly before Ms. James’s speech. “People don’t want us to be in the past.”
Mr. Cuomo’s absence would have been largely unrecognized at Thursday’s conference without a speech from Ms. James, in which she also accused the Cuomo administration of lying to obfuscate the true extent of the allegations. pandemic-related deaths in nursing homes.
Her comments appeared to be the culmination of pent-up resentment after weeks of escalating attacks from Camp Cuomo, which has repeatedly denounced the investigation – which he authorized – as unfair and potentially harmful. politically motivated as Mr. Cuomo considers re-entering. life.
Indeed, after Ms James’ speech, Richard Azzopardi, Mr Cuomo’s spokesman, released a statement accusing her of being a “mass liar who continues to shy away from answering a substantive question about his fake report. Mr. Cuomo’s attorney last week said he plans to file a professional misconduct complaint against Ms. James.
On Thursday, Ms. James described herself as “the people’s attorney”, thanking delegates “for giving me the opportunity to carry your flag and be your candidate to continue the cause”. this”.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/nyregion/letitia-james-ny-attorney-general.html Letitia James doesn’t need to run for Governor to hit the headlines