New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is planning to run for governor after capping off weeks of speculation, multiple news outlets reported.
CNBC reported in mid-September that James had been meeting privately with supporters and advisers about the possibility of a run for New York governor in an attempt to determine if she would be able to get the backing of previous supporters and donors if she launched a campaign.
However, that speculation now appears to be answered with an announcement to come as early as Thursday, The New York Times reported, citing six Democratic leaders.
If James announces a New York gubernatorial bid, she would be squaring off with New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulOmicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Five omicron cases detected in New York Minnesota confirms US's second omicron case MORE (D) and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (D). Williams made his bid for New York governor official after filing paperwork this week to enter the race.
Hochul announced in mid-September, when she was still lieutenant governor, that she would be running for governor in 2022.
Several other Democrats, including New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioOvernight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Biden's winter COVID-19 strategy Five omicron cases detected in New York Third US omicron case detected in Colorado MORE (D) and Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.) are reportedly still considering entering the race. De Blasio, who cannot seek another run as New York City mayor due to term limits, had reportedly reached out privately to some people about a possible gubernatorial bid.
An announcement by James to enter the gubernatorial race is sure to make the race more competitive as James’s profile has continued to grow, given some of the high-profile cases she has taken on as attorney general.
A report initiated by James found that multiple women alleged they were sexually harassed by former Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Memo: Elites' misdeeds fuel public distrust DOJ investigating sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal MORE (D) ending in the resignation of the high-profile governor in August and opening the door for Hochul to become the first female governor for New York.
The Hill has reached out to an adviser for James for comment.