The group decided not to wait for other main potential rivals, including the attorney general of the State, Letitia James, are participating in next year's race.
List of 'Emily, the fundraising juggernaut dedicated to electing women who support the right to abortion, plans to support Gov. Kathy Hochul's campaign on Thursday for a full term as governor of New York.
The Group 's Endorsement Ope opens doors to deep-pocketed donors and seasoned campaign strategists across the country. But for Ms. Hochul, first female governor of the state , this may prove more useful as an early seal of approval for activists, donors and agents while she tries to freeze potential rivals and avoid a rude Democrat primary next year.
In her endorsement, Emily 's List hasplanned to cite Ms Hochul's handling of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the steps she has taken since taking office in August to clean up a culture of bullying and harassment that has thrived in Albany under his predecessor, Andrew M. Cuomo.
"Governor Hochul took over New York at a time beset by skepticism and mistrust of Albany "Said Laphonza Butler, chairman of the group." As governor, we have made it a priority to restore trust between his administration and New Yorkers and to achieve results.
The timing of approval by the group, known for making astute calculations on who it thinks can win, was remarkable. He is likely to make waves in the broad arena of high-profile Democratic campaigns, including State Attorney General Letitia James, who is reportedly the first.1st black woman elected governor of a state.
By supporting Ms. Hochul before others decide to participate in the race, the group simultaneously appeared report that he thought she was the best candidate to win and do her part to help keep others out of the race.
The endorsement was in stark contrast to many of New York's most influential unions, campaign donors and other elected leaders, who appear to be holding back their support until it becomes clearer if Ms James and other Democrats - including Mayor Bill de Blasio , Representative Tom Suozzi or Jumaane Williams , Public Counsel for the City of New York - decide to show up.
The decision can be particularly scathing for Ms. James, who is generally considered Ms. Hochul 's most formidable potential adversary and whose investigation of the sexual harassment allegations prompted Mr. Cuomo to resign. Emily 's List endorsed Ms. James' campaign for attorney general in 2018, portraying her as idate candor that "has always had the backs of all New Yorkers, especially women.
The group, however, has also supported Ms Hochul in past races for the post of lieutenant governor and for a seat in Congress.
In many ways, Ms. Hochul is a natural candidate for Emily's list to support. She is a staunch supporterabortion rights for decades and achieved a historic first in a state that has resisted the elevation of women to certain high-level positions.
Ms. Hochul, who is Catholic, has made abortion rights a priority in his young administration. After Texas last month instituting a ban on all abortions after six weeks, the governor declared New York to be a" safe harbor "for women in the state. She is also committed to implementing the New York Reproductive Health Act 2019, including drafting a Patient Bill of Rights.
Approval is the last sign thatMs Hochul, the only Democrat who has officially entered the gubernatorial race, is moving quickly to amass resources and support in hopes of changing the shape of the primary field.
In recent weeks, she has locked supporters of the Democratic Governors Association, the chairman of the New York State Democratic Party and nearly two dozen other leaders of the committees of the party county. She hired a campaign manager and key consultants. And she set a blistering fundraising pace in an attempt to raise $ 10 million or more in 'by the end of the year from many of the state ' s largest political donors.
So far the 'demanding approach, assocowing to Ms. Hochul's performance as governor, appears to be paying
A Marist College survey released on Tuesday showed Ms Hochul with a huge advantage over her potential opponents if the elections were to take place today. But that could change if Ms. James or another candidate officially enters the race.