Giuliani endorses Cahill for state attorney general

John Cahill, Republican candidate for state attorney general, John Cahill, Republican candidate for state attorney general, on June 16, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

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ALBANY -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday endorsed fellow Republican John Cahill in his bid to become state attorney general.

“John Cahill is exactly what we need in Albany,” said Giuliani, who became “America’s mayor” after the 2001 terrorist attacks. “He has the experience, the balance, the judgment and the background to be an extraordinary attorney general.”

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Cahill is a former top aide to Republican Gov. George Pataki, who worked closely with Giuliani after the Sept. 11 attacks. Cahill of Yonkers faces one-term Democratic Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of Manhattan.

“Mayor Giuliani proved that with the right philosophy and the right policies we can keep New Yorkers safe,” Cahill said. “I’m proud to have his endorsement and will always make keeping New Yorkers safe my number one priority as attorney general.”

Giuliani’s support of his former aide, Joe Lhota, in the New York City mayor’s race last year didn’t seem to help much in the heavily Democratic city.

But Giuliani remains popular upstate where there is a considerable GOP vote in the state dominated 2:1 by Democratic voters.

Schneiderman was recently endorsed by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 and the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. He is also backed by three Democratic Nassau County Assembly members in part because of his programs aimed at combating the abuse of prescription drugs and heroin in a crisis that has hit Long Island hard.

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Schneiderman's campaign declined to comment.

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