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Republican John Cahill to challenge for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's seat

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Republican John Cahill to challenge for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's seat
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YONKERS, N.Y. — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman now has a Republican challenger.

John Cahill announced Sunday he will run for the state's top legal job. He made the announcement at his house in Yonkers.

Cahill is no stranger to state government. He formerly served as a top adviser to Gov. George Pataki and as commissioner of the state Department of Conservation.

In announcing his run, he took a swipe at recent attorneys general.

"In New York state, the chief steward and defender of justice is the attorney general. As our state constitution delegates, this is the platform from which that leadership must be exerted. Yet in recent years, the office of New York state attorney general has been relegated to little more than a political stepping stone to the governor's mansion. That is unacceptable," said Cahill.

A Schneiderman spokesman released a statement in response, which read:

"Attorney General Schneiderman has spent his entire career working to ensure equal justice under the law for all New Yorkers. He looks forward to talking about his record with voters in the coming months."

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