Former Rivals Back Schneiderman for State Attorney General

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    AG candidate Eric Schneiderman

    The four Democratic rivals beaten by state Sen. Eric Schneiderman in this week's primary for New York attorney general are backing him against Republican Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan.

    Standing with Schneiderman Thursday in Manhattan, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and former Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo say they support him.

    Assemblyman Richard Brodsky and former trial attorney Sean Coffey have also endorsed him.

    Donovan, declining to endorse Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, says the ethics code for prosecutors prohibits political endorsements. Rice tells the New York Daily News she has no conflict in endorsing Schneiderman since she has no power to investigate him.