BUFFALO, N.Y. — Preet for New York attorney general is a political action committee filed with the Federal Election Committee last week, just days after Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York's top law enforcement officer. Rey Muniz III is the PAC's treasurer.
"This is in my role as a citizen, as somebody who cares about the state and somebody who's really engaged in the political process," Muniz said.
He said he doesn't know former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara personally, but he and about a dozen other people involved with the PAC admire his record. In the near future, they plan to launch a social and traditional media campaign and draft high-profile figures to push Bharara to run.
"One of the things that we really want to do is illustrate the broad public support that Preet Bharara would enjoy if he did decide to pursue this office," Muniz said.
He believes Bharara's behavior over the last week and a half is typical of someone who is seriously considering a run. If he runs, the PAC will turn its efforts toward fundraising and promoting his candidacy.
"We hope to simply add a nice complement to a candidate that we think already has captured the hearts and minds of many New Yorkers," Muniz said.
Although Muniz is a Democrat, he said he has no qualms with reports Bharara is considering running without the support of either of the two major parties.
"The New York Times called him the nation's most aggressive and outspoken prosecutor of public corruption and crime on Wall Street. Those are the sorts of values that we're looking for and so we're not concerned about which party line he runs on," he said.
He filed the PAC federally so it could potentially turn its focus to other efforts after this fall.