Rep. Rice withdraws from contention in attorney general race

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Sean Patrick Maloneywere considered in the running to become New York Attorney General.

Maloney, a resident of Cold Spring, said he is supporting Acting AG Barbara Underwood to serve for the rest of 2018.

But at least three of the other candidates think Underwood - who some lawmakers have already said they favor for the interim job - may be the best qualified to serve out Schneiderman's term.

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New York lawmakers began interviewing applicants Tuesday to finish out the year as state attorney general after Eric Schneiderman resigned abruptly last week in the wake of shocking abuse allegations published by The New Yorker.

Candidate interviews will continue through Tuesday night and again on Wednesday.

Almost every assemblymember and senator on the committee praised Underwood's credentials effusively; Democrat Senator Brad Hoylman called her a "real lawyer's lawyer".

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"If I were the legislature, I would appoint Barbara Underwood to complete this term", Lloyd Constantine, a former aide to Eliot Spitzer, wrote in his cover letter to the Legislature. "There's some truth to that, but I can assure you that is not who I am". Underwood, the solicitor general who is serving as acting attorney general, led off.

And when it came time for Abinanti to face questions, Sen. "I know the work of the office already", she said.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office tells News 12 that they are well within their legal right to pursue the charges. Mike Gianaris, Public Advocate Letitia James, former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara - opted to sit out the selection process.

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On Tuesday, James opened a campaign account for a potential run for attorney general. Flanagan praised her qualifications. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors".

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