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Kathy Hochul Aims to Raise $25 Million as Likely Rivals Eye Challenges

The New York Times

Even for the governor of one of the nation’s largest states, it was a whirlwind few days. Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York greeted President Bidenbumped fists with the prime minister of Ireland, shook hands with Jay-Z and escorted British royalty though the World Trade Center site.

But perhaps the highest-stakes meeting for the governor’s political future took place inside an imposing limestone mansion near Central Park after business hours last Wednesday.


But for donors, political consultants and some of the possible candidates, the biggest open question is whether Attorney General Letitia James will enter the contest.


“It would be the first time in the history of the United States that we would have an African American woman as a governor—that I think would be very valuable in this country,” said Alan Rubin, a lobbyist in New York City who knows Ms. James and would back her if she ran.

“The people who like her would support her a great deal in that effort,” he said. “So I don’t think there would be difficulty in raising money.”

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“Kathy Hochul Aims to Raise $25 Million as Likely Rivals Eye Challenges,” by Nicholas Fandos and Katie Glueck was published in The New York Times on September 29, 2021.