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Attorney General's Primary Race Heats Up

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Fireworks have erupted as the heated attorney general's Democratic primary race heads into the home stretch. The two top contenders continue their attacks, while the daily endorsements keep rolling in.

The week began with Charlie King's bittersweet moment: he grudgingly dropped out of the four-way race and endorsed Andrew Cuomo. It was a brief boost for Cuomo. However, it quickly was overshadowed by a published report that Cuomo made $1.2 million from a firm he once sued as HUD secretary. The suit charged the firm ran slum properties. His top rival, Mark Green, pounced on the opportunity at the last attorney general's debate. Green questioned Cuomo's record while Cuomo countered that Green was engaging in negative tactics.

Meanwhile, Cuomo picked up Rev. Al Sharpton's endorsement and Green got the support of five leading attorneys in the city. Third candidate Sean Patrick Maloney also remains in the race.

Cuomo, did not address the charges directly but a Cuomo spokesman stated that the story in the Village Voice distorted facts. The author, Wayne Barrett, stood by the story saying the facts came straight from court records.

The primary is Sept. 12, although he's not in the race anymore, Charlie King's name will still appear on the ballot.

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