But Mr. Schneiderman, who divorced an adult daughter, apparently also used his position as an excuse to drink heavily, according to a report by one of the women he allegedly physically abused, Michelle Manning Barish. "I would come for dinner, a half empty bottle of red wine would be on the counter, he had a head start." Very stressful day, "he would say," said Mrs. Manning Barish to the New Yorker. In another episode, the attorney general is portrayed as a man, overcome by his own hubris, and saying to Ms. Manning Barish, "I am the law." There were tabloid reports describing Mr. Schneiderman's alleged drug use by Mr. Trump. His office rejected the reports, though the New Yorker article said Schneiderian had abused Xanax.
On Tuesday, his group leaders in Albany were shocked by the details, referring to a public figure who was almost restrained. "He seemed to be beyond the plight," said MEP Sean Ryan, a Democrat from Buffalo. "The kind of guy who would not get a nasty joke."
Mr. Schneider's interest in a healthy lifestyle is well known, said Ms. Rosenthal, who noted that in 2009 she had sponsored a bill that protected yoga studios from certain government regulations.
Assemblyman Daniel J. O & # 39; Donnell, whom Mr Schneiderman defeated in the State Senate primaries in 1998, his first voting position in Albany, also said he had never seen the drinking potion but was met with a certain arrogant arrogance perhaps from his ancestry: Amherst College, Harvard Law, and a father, Irwin Schneiderman, who was a well-known business lawyer. "He had a tendency to talk to people," said Mr. O & Donnell. "And did not know that he did it."
Former employees said Mr. Schneiderman could be detached from the minutiae of the office and was rarely spoiled for political struggles. He sometimes complained of insomnia and was known to come to the office later than most employees, sometimes mentioning sleeping pills.