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ALBANY - In an uncommon news conference trashing a candidate before he announced his candidacy, two Democrats took on Republican John Cahill Friday.

Cahill is scheduled to announce his candidacy on Sunday against state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, a Manhattan Democrat. Cahill is a former chief of staff to Gov. George Pataki

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On Friday, former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said Cahill shouldn’t become attorney general because they said he doesn’t support abortion rights. They also criticized him for what they said is his opposition to pending bills that would further protect abortion rights until birth.

Cahill spokesman David Catalfamo said as attorney general Cahill would uphold all laws.

Quinn said her concern is that Cahill wouldn’t defend abortion laws with intensity.

The political term from such a pre-emptive strike of a candidate before he or she is a candidate is called a pre-buttal.