Cuomo Wins N.Y. Attorney Gen. Nomination

By MARK JOHNSON
The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 12, 2006; 11:48 PM

NEW YORK -- Former Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo easily won the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general Tuesday, defeating a former New York City public advocate in the race to succeed incumbent Eliot Spitzer.

Cuomo, the elder son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, beat Mark Green 53 percent to 32 percent. The third candidate, Sean Patrick Maloney, a former aide to President Clinton, had 10 percent of the vote.

Cuomo, 48, will face Republican Jeanine Pirro, the former Westchester County district attorney, in the general election in November.

Green, 61, challenged Cuomo's record as head of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001. He faulted Cuomo for his oversight of a low-income housing program, for subsidizing Indian tribe businesses selling cigarettes and for failing to enforce a law aimed at reducing pesticide use.

Cuomo largely ignored Green's attacks, insisting negative campaigns turn voters away. He pointed to his record running HUD and fighting the death penalty as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan.

Also on Tuesday's ballot was the name of former Clinton administration housing official Charlie King, who quit the race a week ago and endorsed Cuomo. It was too late for King to get his name off the ballot. He had 5 percent.

Spitzer is leaving the attorney general's office to run for governor.


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