Even though the 2010 election season is far from over and the 2012 cycle has yet to begin, some people in New York have set their sights even farther down the line. Two former federal prosecutors are being mentioned as possible candidates for the 2013 Brooklyn district attorney race, according to an article published online Wednesday by City Hall, a bimonthly publication that covers the New York political scene.
Current Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes has held the top spot since 1987. In his 2009 election bid – where Hynes had the backing of the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Working Families parties – he won all but four of the votes cast, which went to write-ins, according to the Kings County Board of Elections.
In recent months, Hynes, 74, has told close associates he will only leave the district attorney’s office “in a box,” but his next election could prove more difficult because of speculation about his advancing age and his health, as he underwent open-heart surgery last summer.
Most believe Hynes will finish his current term, but some think he may face a serious challenge in 2013. Because of the demographic makeup of Brooklyn, a formidable black candidate would have an edge, according to the news Web site.
Two potential candidates mentioned in legal circles include former Brooklyn U.S. Attorneys Zachary Carter and Loretta Lynch, both of whom are black. Carter, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1993 to 1999, is currently a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Lynch, Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney from June 1999 to May 2001, has been a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in New York since January 2002 and has been nominated by President Barack Obama to hold the position again.
Carter declined to say whether he was considering running for Brooklyn DA but he did tell City Hall that he would not challenge Hynes. Lynch, even if she is confirmed at U.S. Attorney, would be a more likely candidate if Obama is not re-elected and a Republican president names a replacement for her as U.S. Attorney, the Web site said.
Other possible candidates include Council Member Lew Fidler; Council Member Letitia James; Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries; Assembly Member James Brennan, state Sen. John Sampson — who unsuccessfully challenged Hynes in 2005; and Taxi and Limousine commissioner David Yassky, the Web site reported.
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Brooklyn U.S. Attorney nominee Loretta Lynch turned down an offer by then-state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to join him on the Democratic ticket for governor, The New York Post reported Sunday.
President Barack Obama nominated Lynch in January to be the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She previously held the post from 1999 to 2001.
According to the NY Post, in late 2005 Spitzer spent a month calling leaders across the state in the hopes of convincing them to join his ticket. The four people considered the best candidates were all black women, The Post reported.
Spitzer decided against Leecia Eve, a former senior policy adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, for lieutenant governor slot, the newspaper reports. His aides then compiled a list of three other options that included Lynch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute president Shirley Ann Jackson and former CNBC CEO Pamela Thomas-Graham. All three women turned him down, according to The Post.
Spitzer ultimately selected then-state Senate Minority Leader David Paterson — against his aides’ advice — who became the governor of New York after Spitzer resigned in March 2008. According to the newspaper, Paterson “wasn’t on any list, let alone the short list” and Spitzer’s aides barely vetted Paterson before adding him to the ticket.
Lynch declined comment to the NY Post. At the time she was approached by Spitzer, Lynch was a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in New York, a position she had held since January 2002. Before that, Lynch had worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office since 1990, serving as in various positions including Deputy Chief of General Crimes and an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Read her full bio here.
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Loretta E. Lynch (Harvard College, Harvard Law School) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. She would replace Roslynn R. Mauskopf, who served as the district’s head prosecutor from 2002 to 2007. Mauskopf resigned after President Bush nominated her to a judgeship in the district. The district’s current interim U.S. Attorney is Benton J. Campbell.
- Born in Greensboro, N.C., in 1959.
- Has been a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP in New York since January 2002.
- Worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York from 1990-2001. She was U.S. Attorney from June 1999 to May 2001, Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney from May 1998 to May 1999, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Long Island Division from September 1993 to April 1998, Chief of Intake & Arraignments and Deputy Chief of General Crimes from September 1992 to August 1993 and an Assistant U.S. Attorney from March 1990 to May 1999.
- Was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University School of Law during the fall 2000 semester.
- Was a partner at Ujamaa Investment Group from October 1994 to January 1998.
- Worked as a litigation associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York from September 1984 to February 1990.
- Has tried 13 cases to verdict, including one at Cahill Gordon and 12 at the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Click here for her full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
UPDATE: On her Senate Judiciary financial disclosure she reported assets of $1,456,900 mostly in securities and liabilities of $287,000 for a net worth of $1,169,900.
On her Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Lynch reported her law partnership income of $686,000 for 2008 and most of 2009.
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President Barack Obama tapped five lawyers to lead U.S. Attorney’s offices in Louisiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, the White House announced today.
-Stephanie Finley (Western District of Louisiana): She has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana since 1995. Finley would succeed Donald Washington, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney this week to enter private practice.
-R. Booth Goodwin (Southern District of West Virginia): He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia since 2001. Goodwin would replace U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller.
-David Hale (Western District of Kentucky): He has been an attorney at Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice since 1999 Hale previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. Hale would succeed David Huber, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in January 2o09. Read more about the nominee here.
-Kerry Harvey (Eastern District of Kentucky): He has been the general counsel and acting inspector general of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services since 2008. He previously was a partner at Owen, Harvey, and Carter.
-Loretta Lynch (Eastern District of New York): She is a former U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of New York. She served from 1999 to 2001, after nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. She is currently a partner at Hogan & Hartson. Read more about her here.
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