There was a distinct sense of deja vu when Zephyr Teachout Nov. 15 announced her candidacy for State Attorney General next year, standing outside what not long ago was renamed the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Municipal Building in Brooklyn.

It's not a renewal of a rivalry—at least not yetlike the face-off that will pit the two contestants for Lieutenant Governor four years ago in a rematch, this time for the Big Job: Governor Hochul, who prevailed in 2018, against Jumaane Williams, who used his strong run in that contest as a springboard to his move from Brooklyn City Councilman to Public Advocate a few months later.

But Ms. Teachout, who has a name-recognition edge over the other declared candidatesYonkers State Sen. Shelley Mayer, and Daniel Goldman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney here who is better known for serving as Counsel to the House Intelligence Committee in its battles with President Trumpwas the early front-runner for the job four years ago after embarrassing Governor Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary despite being a largely unknown Fordham University Law Professor with little funding who couldn't get Little Andy to debate her.

With all that against her, she garnered 34 percent of the vote, after one political consultant had predicted she'd exceed expectations if she mustered 25 percent.

Mr. Cuomo used the 2018 race to exact some revenge, and perhaps not incidentally, block the woman who literally wrote the book on political chicanery, "Corruption in America," from gaining the state's top legal position.

While he's never admitted as much, he's believed to have used Cuomovellian guile to get U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to enter the race and use his popularity among constituents in the Hudson Valley to siphon votes away from Ms. Teachout, for whom that area had been a stronghold during the 2014 gubernatorial primary.

Mr. Maloney did not give up his congressional seat, and after running third in the AG primary, won another term later that fall. His 379,000 votes in the primary for Attorney General was far more than the 140,000-vote margin Ms. Jameswho had the then-Governor's strong endorsementhad over Ms. Teachout. 

Things didn't work out as well as Mr. Cuomo planned: Ms. James proved more independent than he'd ever imagined, and oversaw the sexual-harassment probe that forced him to resign three months ago.

Among those who have not yet declared candidacies but are believed to have some interest in the race are Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez and his Queens counterpart, Melinda Katz. There have recently been some rumblings from inside Camp Cuomo that the man with the big hands might also be considering a run for the job he held from 2007-2010 before being elected Governor.

If he does, we can't wait for the first debate that pits him against Ms. Teachout. 


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