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Ex-NY official, prosecutor backs DA Rice for state AG



Denise O’Donnell (foreground in photo), a former U.S. Attorney and a 2006 attorney general candidate, endorsed Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice for the Democratic AG nomination this year to succeed Andrew Cuomo. On the steps of City Hall in Manhattan, she made the pitch that Rice has “the experience to be the choice of prosecutors, the ideas to be the choice of progressives and the independence to by my choice for NY attorney general.” They cited instances in which they worked together and Rice praised O’Donnell’s having broken glass ceilings.

O’Donnell, from Buffalo, had been criminal justice coordinator in the Spitzer-Paterson administration and quit in February after it was revealed that Gov. David Paterson and aides made irregular outreach to a woman who complained of domestic abuse against one of his male aides, calling this conduct “particularly distressing” in an administration that “prides itself on its record of combating domestic violence.”

During a press conference, both fended off criticism of Rice from rival Assemb. Richard Brodsky over Rockefeller-era drug law policies. O’Donnell indicated she hopes to return to public service without specifying her plans, which apparently don’t involve a campaign of her own this year.

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