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Mimi Rocah, a Democrat and television legal analyst, announced her primary campaign for Westchester District Attorney. Photo Credit: Rocah for DA Campaign.
Fox-TV's Judge Jeanine Pirro, a Republican, previously served as Westchester County District Attorney. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.
New York state's Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, a Democrat living in Westchester, formerly served as Westchester County District Attorney. Photo Provided by NY Chief Judge's Office.

Westchester DA Faces Competition From Nationally Known TV Commentator, Democratic Primary Foe

Westchester District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino faces a primary election this spring from another, nationally known Democrat.

MSNBC commentator and TV legal analyst Mimi Rocah announced her DA campaign via Twitter as well as on national television on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The 49-year-old Scarsdale resident joins a string of well-known women who sought—or won—Westchester's top prosecutor job. Among this group are Fox television's Judge Jeanine Pirro, a Republican, and New York state's Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, also a Westchester resident.

Rocah, who served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2001 to 2018, decided to run because of what she called hateful policies and attacks on the rule of law by President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

The Democrat said that national legal decisions are having harmful impacts on the state and county legal system as well as local laws, according to multiple media reports.As an assistant U.S. attorney, Rocah served as chief of the federal Department of Justice’s Westchester County Division, based in White Plains, from 2012 to 2017. 

Rocah began appearing on MSNBC and NBC News about two years ago. She also teaches at Pace Law School as a Distinguished Criminal Justice Fellow. She volunteers with gun-control organization Moms Demand Action and My Sister’s Place, which assists victims of domestic violence, homelessness and human trafficking.

Among the well-known prior county DAs is Westchester's Jeanine Pirro. She is host of Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine". Pirro previously appeared as a frequent television commentator on NBC News, including "The Today Show."

At the federal Justice Department's Southern District of New York, Rocah served as chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit, as well as chief of the General Crimes and Narcotics Units as part of the Obama Administration.

Rocah also has served as the School Safety Chair at her neighborhood elementary school and has been participated in numerous forums in Westchester  -- discussing such topics as sexual and domestic violence and online child predators. 

I believe in public service, and have been a public servant most of my career.," Rocah said in a news statement. "At this critical moment in our nation's history, we need to step up at every level of government to combat hate and ensure justice for all," Rocah said.

In the words of her friend and past boss, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara -- also a well-known Westchester resident -- Rocah said, "I have always tried to 'do the right thing, for the right reasons, in the right way."

"From gun violence to the opioid epidemic; public corruption to violence against women, Republicans in Washington are refusing to act and are making a mockery of the rule of law," Rocah said. "Here in Westchester, we can fight back by electing a DA ready to transform the office into one that invests in crime prevention, builds trust with the community, ensures fairness for everyone in our justice system, respects the rule of law and holds everyone who violates the law accountable -- even the rich and powerful.

Among the well-known prior county DAs is Westchester's Jeanine Pirro. She is host of Fox News Channel's "Justice with Judge Jeanine". Pirro previously appeared as a frequent television commentator on NBC News, including "The Today Show."

Rocha's Wednesday announcement on "Morning Joe" can be found by clicking here.  Two of the TV show's hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, also reside in Westchester. For these and other political updates, return to DailyVoicePlus.