Rice Says She Won't Seek Higher Office Than AG
September 1st, 2010

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has changed her tune on seeking higher office if she were to complete her bid to become attorney general.

At the Citizens Union debate on July 21 I asked the candidates if they would pledge not to seek the governorship in their next two terms as attorney general, if they were elected. All of the candidates indicated that they would not run for governor except for Rice.

“I think that these kinds of pledges are all show. It is ridiculous to say to someone, ‘make a pledge now’ before you’ve even done the job youre running for,” she said at the time.

Today at a debate in Albany hosted by WAMC Rice had a different answer to the question. She said she does not have her “sights set on a higher office.”

“I just refused to engage in political gimmickry,” she said, apparently referring to my earlier question. She said she has “no other plans but to serve…as attorney general.”

Sen. Eric Schneiderman did not show for the debate. He and Rice did not attend debate the previous night in Rochester.

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