NY governor seeking to raise $25 million ahead of next year's primary

NY governor seeking to raise $25 million ahead of next year's primary
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New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Rep. Suozzi to run for New York governor Novavax working on vaccine to combat omicron variant MORE (D) is seeking to raise $25 million by the summer of 2022 ahead of that year's Democratic gubernatorial primary, The New York Times reported

Hochul had about $1.75 million on hand in early August, according to the Times. The newspaper noted that it appeared Hochul was relying on large donations rather than small-dollar contributions, and her campaign had recently hired a consulting firm that works specifically on grassroots fundraising.

“Of course, Governor Hochul is also setting up a strong, well-funded campaign to win in 2022, and she is grateful for the outpouring of support she has received thus far,” Meredith Kelly, an adviser to Hochul, told the Times, noting that Hochul had lately been focused on tackling the devastation of Hurricane Ida and COVID-19 in the state.


Hochul, the state's former lieutenant governor, became governor in late August after former Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDOJ investigating sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal Chris Cuomo: Suspension from CNN 'embarrassing' MORE (D) resigned following a bombshell report initiated by state Attorney General Letitia James (D) that found that he had sexually harassed 11 women, including current and former New York state employees.

Before she took her oath of office, Hochul had already announced that she would run for a full term in 2022.

Several other Democrats are reportedly considering entering the race, including James and 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. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams recently launched an exploratory committee, according to the Times.

Several Republicans are seeking their party's nomination including Rudy Giulani’s son, Andrew Giulani; Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinRudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child Rep. Suozzi to run for New York governor House GOP seek to block Biden from reopening Palestinian mission in Jerusalem MORE (R-N.Y.) and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (R). 

The Hill has reached out to Kelly for comment.