2022 gubernatorial candidates continue to emerge
Susan Arbetter is reporting for Capital Tonight that Jumaane Williams, the New York City public advocate, is exploring a Democratic primary run against Kathy Hochul, this time for governor. In 2018, Williams did well in his race against Hochul for lieutenant governor. He received an endorsement from The New York Times, as well as 46.6 percent of the statewide vote to Hochul’s 53.4 percent. Williams is not a fan of Hochul, who he believes is still part of the Cuomo apparatus. Which is the reason why he was disappointed in state Democratic Chairman Jay Jacob’s endorsement of the governor last week. Williams said his decision to run is in no way linked to whether or not Attorney General Letitia James decides to jump into the race. He said, “...The attorney general and I have a great relationship. She hasn’t publicly said if she’s running. She’s doing a great job as attorney general.” Morgan McKay is reporting for State of Politics Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe has formed an exploratory committee for governor in 2022. Sharpe ran for governor in 2018 and received 1.6 percent of the vote, or about 95,033 votes in total. Sharpe finished slightly behind Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who got 1.7 percent of the vote. Since that campaign, Sharpe has held speaking tours statewide and he also hosts a podcast called “The Sharpe Way. “Democrats in this state have been failing us for years and Republicans in this state have been impotent for years,” Sharpe said. “Let’s stop the madness and vote for someone with real ideas and policies and not just left-right rhetoric.” Sharpe also sought the Libertarian Party’s nomination for vice president in 2020, as the running mate of Judge Jim Gray. Sharpe made an appearance at Old Factory Brewing in Cairo Oct. 9 (see video above). Both Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates are starting to campaign for the state's top job next year. On the Democratic side, Gov. Kathy Hochul has already announced that she is running. While Williams has formed an exploratory committee, James and others are openly considering their own plans. Republicans Andrew Giuliani, U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, Lewis County Sheriff Mike Carpinelli, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Derrick Gibson have all announced their shared aspiration to be New York’s next governor. Read both stories at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.