Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice brought in over $900,000 in contributions this cycle, with an additional $350,000 in other receipts transferred from a now-closed account, according to filings reported to the Board of Elections today. Her report is especially notable as it represents more than a ten-fold increase in her cash on hand over her committee’s last filing, suggesting that she might possibly have her eyes on a higher office.
“She takes her job and her public service seriously so she’s always going to work hard at building a political network to keep her in a position to continue the important work she’s doing,” a spokesman for Ms. Rice said, hinting that she could have higher ambitions for the future. “While she loves her job, her success at building that network will always give her a lot of options.”
The number represents a huge haul for a down-ballot suburban lawmaker, especially considering that Ms. Rice lost the Attorney General’s race to Eric Schneiderman in 2010. The figure announced today even outpaces what Mr. Schneiderman raised in this fundraising period.
It remains unclear what Ms. Rice is raising the money for. She represents a competitive district in Nassau, so she could be stock-piling for her re-election efforts in 2013.
However, other options are available as well. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who barely edged out incumbent Tom Suozzi in 2009, could be a tempting target for her. Ms. Rice has also been mentioned as a possible Congressional candidate should Carolyn McCarthy retire, but the money raised for her state fund would not be transferrable. Or, perhaps, if Andrew Cuomo runs for president in 2016, and Mr. Schneiderman follows his path across State Street to the Governor’s Mansion, could Ms. Rice try to be the state’s top cop yet again?
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