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Nassau County DA gets O'Donnell's endorsement for AG

May 13, 2010
New York state Attorney General candidate Kathleen Rice, the Nassau County district attorney, has acquired a big-name endorsement with the backing of former Deputy Secretary of Public Safety, Denise O'Donnell.

O'Donnell, who was once a former U.S. attorney for western New York, said she had worked with Rice before, which made her decision easy.

"She has the experience to be the choice of prosecutors, the ideas to be the choice of progressives and the independence to be my choice for New York attorney general," O'Donnell said.

O'Donnell ran for the position herself in 2006 and later became commissioner of the New York state Division of Criminal Justice in 2007, the same year she was selected to be deputy secretary of Public Safety.

Rice commended O'Donnell for her public service work and her ability to help "blaze trails for women in politics and in the law-enforcement arena."

"I'm thrilled that Denise has decided to be an integral part of my campaign," Rice said. "Her support means a great deal to me and I'm honored to have it."

This endorsement adds to the list of others Rice has received, which includes EMILY's List and the Democratic chairmen of both Nassau and Suffolk counties. She is among four other Democrats vying for the position, who are Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh, former Insurance Department Superintendent Eric Dinallo and former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Sean Coffey.

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