Rep. Maloney announces plans to run for both Congress, AG

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NEWBURGH -

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced plans Thursday to simultaneously run for Congress and attorney general.

After weeks of speculation, the three-term Democratic congressman announced by phone his plans to seek the nomination for attorney general and run in the primary.

Maloney is also the Democratic nominee for the House of Representatives and, up until now, was looking to hold on to his seat.

His Republican challenger, James O'Donnell, says he believes he can’t run for both offices.

O'Donnell, a current Orange County legislator with a background in law enforcement, says his campaign is now looking into whether Maloney is legally allowed to run for two offices at the same time.

“What the law says in the state of New York is actually pretty simple. If you're nominated for one thing, you do that thing. If you're nominated for something else, you need to decline the previous nomination,” said Maloney.

Maloney went on to say he'll back out of the race for Congress if he wins the primary for attorney general.

News 12 reached out to the State Board of Elections to clarify whether it's legal to run for two offices at the same time, but so far calls have not been returned.

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