New Yorkers may still be reeling from the accusations that Eric Schneiderman physically abused at least four women, but Democratic politicians have little time to waste — there's a primary coming up in September.
"We are one day into this situation after yesterday's horrible, abhorrent news," Queens State Sen. Michael Gianaris said Tuesday. "I am glad the attorney general resigned, he needed to."
Gianaris is among easily more than a dozen potential candidates for the New York attorney general seat abandoned by Scheiderman. Everyone from Ben Lawsky — the state's former Superintendent of Financial Services — to Leecia Eve, a former advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — are considered possible candidates in this fast-moving contest.
"I have since been approached by a number of people who are important to the process, who have encouraged me to take a look at it and consider running," Gianaris said. "So I am now in the process of doing that."
Public Advocate Letitia James was one of the first names mentioned as a possible contender.
"Like many New Yorkers, I am very disturbed by the allegations," James said. "And it was only right that Eric Schneiderman step down."
James is also considered someone who could be appointed to temporarily fill seat by the state legislature.
"The next attorney general will be decided by the state legislature, and I await their decision," James said to members of the news media earlier Tuesday.
Sources told NY1 on Tuesday night that James was calling state Assembly members and asking them for support in her bid to be attorney general.
Law professor Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Cuomo in 2014, said Tuesday that she is "seriously considering running."
A source said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen is also thinking of joining the race. Long Island Congresswoman Kathleen Rice is likely to run, according to a source.
Then, there is the big unknown: Will Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney from Manhattan, jump into the race?
Bharara has said nothing about his plans. But if he did run, many believe the high-profile prosecutor, critical of President Trump, would upend the race.
The candidate list may expand even more; after all, it has only been one day since Schneiderman announced his resignation.
Solicitor General Barbara Underwood took over Tuesday as the acting attorney general.
Speaking on NY1 on Monday night, political strategist Basil Smikle said that by weighing the numbers and dynamics, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie actually has a fair amount of power when it comes to naming a replacement. After that is done, Smikle said, the Democrats will head a convention later this month to begin a statewide formal nominating process.
"Well, the governor, the attorney general, and the comptroller, so what would happen is the legislature would likely fill, choose somebody to fill the seat for the remainder of the year. But, my guess is you would want someone who would actually want to run for the position, starting at the convention in May. To get the nomination, you need 25 percent of the vote to get on the ballot, I think 40 percent to get the official designee or nominee of the party, so you want someone that would have the intention to continue to run and then that person would be on the ballot in September in the primary formally, and then in November in the general election," Smikle explained.
Meanwhile, Manny Alicandro, a corporate lawyer from the city, is running as a Republican.