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Former Clinton Aide Running for New York Attorney General

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Next year's race for State Attorney General is starting early. And it's looking like it will be very competitive on the Democratic side. Last week, one of the contenders, former White House staffer Sean Patrick Maloney, spent a day-and-a-half campaigning in Buffalo.

Maloney would seem to be a long-shot, especially in Western New York. Former US Attorney for this region, Denise O'Donnell, has already announced her candidacy. And such well known politicians as former Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green are expected to enter the race. But that's not stopping Maloney. He spent his time in Buffalo, meeting with students at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State. Maloney talked about his plans to reform New York's public authorities

"It's really a plan to use the Attorney General's office to do to Albany what Eliot Spitzer did to Wall Street, by making the focus of the next four years the public sector of New York, which I believe is frankly out of control," Maloney said.

As an example, Maloney pointed to the State Thruway Authority.

"The Thruway Authority attempted to sell 100 miles of canal waterfront to a Republican supporter of Governor Pataki for just $30,000," Maloney said. "There were 32 other bidders interested in the development rights in what was not a truly competitive process."

Maloney said there is far too little transparency at public authorities. He describes himself as a professional investigative attorney. Before that, he was a member of the White House senior staff in the Clinton Administration.

Maloney says he plans to remain in the race and will challenge all comers in a Democratic primary for the right to succeed Eliot Spitzer.