New York attorney general Letitia James, who is weighing a primary challenge to governor Kathy Hochul, may bring on SKDKnickerbocker for political counsel, according to the New York Post.
Hochul was lieutenant governor of the Empire State and moved into the top job after Andrew Cuomo stepped down amid charges of sexual harassment.
James has ties to SKDK through Javier Lacayo, senior VP at the firm who served as her press secretary for when she was New York City’s public advocate.
The Post noted that SKDK’s relationship with Cuomo may not be a good look for James.
The firm worked for him during the successful effort to legalize same-sex marriage.
John Kelly was a senior VP at SKDK before becoming Cuomo’s press secretary.
SKDK vice-chair Hilary Rosen was a founder of the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, which came under fire for helping the ex-governor smear some of his accusers.
Democrat strategist Hank Sheinkopt said reaching out to SKDK shows James is “seeking a pro-establishment kind of outlook.”
SKDK played a key role in Joe Biden’s presidential run.
Partner Anita Dunn was a senior advisor to the campaign and the firm led its direct mail and vote-by-mail operations. She took a job at the White House helping Biden with messaging but is now back in SKDK’s Washington office.
Stagwell owns SKDK.