Law professor Zephyr Teachout has suspended a campaign to become New York State’s next attorney general.
The announcement came over the weekend and days after current Attorney General Letitia James suspended her own gubernatorial candidacy to run for re-election.
“Our campaign for the New York attorney general has always been about doing the best for New Yorkers,” Teachout said Sunday. “Attorney General Letitia James is an exceptional leader and a dedicated public servant. Given his decision to seek re-election, I will immediately suspend my own campaign.
Teachout said earlier that she would run for attorney general if James, the incumbent, announced her candidacy for governor. James announced his campaign for governor in October, temporarily leaving the office of the Attorney General open.
Teachout, 50, is an associate professor of law at Fordham University and an expert in corruption and antitrust laws. She is the author of “Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money,” published last year.
In addition to seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general in 2018, Teachout ran for the Democratic nomination for governor of New York in 2014, losing to Andrew Cuomo.
Teachout won the Democratic nomination for a Congressional seat in the Hudson Valley in 2016, but lost to Republican John Faso in the general election.