While there has been plenty of speculation about possible Republican challengers to Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year, there has been little talk about potential GOP candidates for the other statewide offices.
As for the state’s attorney general, former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia is mulling a challenge to Eric Schneiderman, City & State has learned from multiple sources.
One of the most prominent Latino lawyers in the state, Garcia was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2005 to 2008 and is now a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. The Republican Party’s nominee in the last cycle, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, lost the general election by more than 12 points to Schneiderman.
Garcia, 51, has long been rumored as a potential candidate for elected office. An appointee of President George W. Bush, Garcia served in the Bush administration as assistant secretary for immigration and customs enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security before becoming U.S. Attorney. As U.S. Attorney Garcia was not as much in the news for prosecuting political corruption as his successor, Preet Bharara, but he brought indictments that led to convictions of former Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, ex-State Sen. Efrain Gonzalez and ex-NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik. He also caught former Gov. Eliot Spitzer on a wiretap arranging a liaison with a prostitute.
Calls to Garcia’s office and the New York State Republican Party seeking comment for this article were not returned.
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