Robert Kennedy Jr. eyeing state attorney general's race
By MARC HUMBERT
AP Political Writer
January 17, 2005, 3:49 PM EST
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is considering a possible run for state attorney general in New York and has talked to top state Democrats about such a race, people familiar with those conversations said Monday.
Among those consulted by Kennedy, a son of slain New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, are Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and current Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, said the people familiar with the talks. They spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Kennedy did not immediately return telephone messages left for him Monday at his home and office.
There was no immediate comment Monday from Clinton, and Spitzer declined comment.
The younger Kennedy has been active in New York politics and briefly considered running for the U.S. Senate seat won by Clinton in 2000. The seat was held by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who announced in late 1998 that he would not run for re-election.
"It's a seat that I would love to occupy," Kennedy said at the time, "but I have five young kids."
Democrat Spitzer announced last month that he would run for governor in 2006.
A host of other Democrats have already said they may run for the attorney general's job, including Kennedy's brother-in-law, former federal Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo, and Mark Green, the party's unsuccessful 2001 candidate for mayor of New York City.
"If Bobby got into the race, he would have to be considered a strong candidate," said Charlie King, a potential attorney general candidate who unsuccessfully sought the party's nomination for lieutenant governor in 2002.
Kennedy has been one of the leading environmental activists in New York state for more than two decades. He has been a strong advocate for closing down the Indian Point nuclear power plant complex just north of New York City.
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