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“She was letting other candidates know she would not allow herself to be painted as the interim governor,” said Na’ilah Amaru, a Democratic strategist and former executive director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus.

Declaring her intention fast helped Hochul lock down donors while other Democrats were still thinking about getting into the race, Amaru said.

Hochul has been very “intentional and very persistent” in showing up in New York City in particular, Amaru said.

Read the full article, `Tough as Nails’ Hochul Elbows Aside Rivals in N.Y. Governor Run, published Feb. 16, 2022 on

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