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Barbara Underwood, thrust into the job as NY state's chief legal officer when Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned amid allegations he abused woman, said Tuesday she won't seek election to the attorney general's positon.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court against acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood, Thomas claims: "As a result of the Attorney General resigning abruptly under a cloud of impropriety, there is no Attorney General".

"If I were the legislature, I would appoint Barbara Underwood to complete this term", Lloyd Constantine, a former aide to Eliot Spitzer, wrote in his cover letter to the Legislature. Several candidates who chose not to go through the Legislature's appointment process are expected to compete for their party's nomination to run for attorney general.

Eleven others are asking to be named interim attorney general.

"I think it's an understatement to say that none of us expected to be sitting here today for this goal", Underwood told senators and Assembly members gathered Tuesday at a meeting room in the state Capitol complex. "I am confident that New Yorkers will choose an Attorney General who is worthy of our faith and our trust".

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Public interviews with the candidates will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced Sunday.

Another concern for Rice was she could face scrutiny for potential campaign finance violations if she ran for attorney general.

Republicans who lead the state Senate favor Underwood, as does Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Among those considering a run this fall are New York City Public Advocate Tish James, a Democrat who did not put her name in contention for the temporary position. "Some people joke that the National Association of Attorneys General - NAAG - is also the National Association of Aspiring Governors".

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