Third Term A Charm For Rice?
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is perhaps best known (outside Long Island, that is) for her unsuccessfull run for state attorney general in 2010, announced this morning that she will seek re-election to a third term this coming fall.
“In 2005, I chose to run for public office for the first time in my life because I felt I had the energy and ideas to make a difference in a county I care so much about,” Rice wrote in an email to supporter. “Nearly two terms later, I’m proud to have kept my promises and to have helped the district attorney’s office become one of the most professional, independent and innovative prosecutor’s offices in the nation.”
“While our strides have been bold and our progress steady, I believe I have more to contribute to an office that we all rely upon to protect our families and to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system. That’s why I’m so excited to announce my candidacy for a third term as Nassau County’s district attorney.”
“…As a homicide prosecutor, as an assistant U.S. attorney, and as Nassau County’s district attorney, I have spent my entire life advocating for victims of crime and for reforms that make our criminal justice system more effective. I ask for your support so that we can build on our successes and continue to make Nassau County a safer, more prosperous place for us all.”
Rice also outlined her top priorities, which include continuing to crack down on violent and cyber crime, redoubling investigative efforts targeting those who steal from taxpayers or abuse the public’s trust, pushing for local and state reform of the juvenile justice system, lobbying in Albany and Washington for “sensible” gun control laws, and championing reform to “better safeguard the integrity of our criminal justice system.”
As you’ll recall, Rice was the lone woman candidate in the five-person Democratic AG primary battle two years ago. She was widely believed to be the preferred candidate of then-AG/gubernatorial contender Andrew Cuomo, who particularly liked her for her ticket-balancing ability and also saw her as more in keeping with his own centrist ideology than the frontrunner – and eventual winner of both the primary and general elections - then state Sen. Eric Schneiderman.
There has been speculation about what Rice might do next – perhaps even run for county executive.
Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs made it clear he thought she would make a great challenger to the GOP incumbent, Ed Mangano, but also said that if Rice – or anyone else – wasn’t willing to run, then he might do so himself. (We also know former County Executive Tom Suozzi, who lost to Mangano in an upset election in 2009, won’t be running, either, even though he still has about $1.1 million in his campaign committee).
Rice will likely be viewed as a future contender for higher office – statewide or congressional – for some time. She has maintained a fairly high profile since her loss, earning national attention, for example, for her hard-charging approach in last year’s SAT cheating scandal.
Rice has a healthy war chest on her side. As of the last campaign finance filing in mid-July (the next is due on Jan. 15), she had $1.9 million on hand.
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