Coffey for attorney general

Next Tuesday, New York's Democratic voters have an embarrassment of riches when deciding whom to choose to be the party's candidate for state attorney general in November. Yet, given that the current holder of the office, Andrew Cuomo, is the frontrunner in the gubernatorial race, and that Eliot Spitzer, his immediate predecessor, also made it to the top political office in the state, the race has generated very little heat, so far. Perhaps that is to the credit of the five candidates: Richard Brodsky, Sean Coffey, Eric Dinallo, Kathleen Rice and Eric Schneiderman. Rice is the one that voters seem to know best, probably because her initiatives as Nassau County's DA have gotten her plaudits far beyond Long Island. But each of the five has a very impressive resume.

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We, however, are recommending the claims of Sean Coffey. First of all, from a purely Democratic perspective he's the candidate who is best placed to beat the Republican in November, a vital consideration in any primary.

Although a first-time candidate, Coffey, the son of Irish immigrants, has had a life-long passion for politics. And just as he once put his faith in the legal system when taking on big corporations, he believes that the political process can be utilized for the benefit of average voters, people, as he says on the campaign trail, like his mother and father.

Coffey has real integrity, but he also has a down-to-earth, personable style that just might be what Albany needs right now.