Despite claiming as a candidate that he can offer “a smarter approach to fighting illegal drugs,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is himself being accused of snorting cocaine in the back of a bar … while serving as a state senator.  The accusations aren’t coming from his Republican opponent John Cahill, or even supporters of Cahill.

The claim is coming from a man who just ran in the Democratic primary for governor of New York, Randy Credico.

Via the New York Post:

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — New York’s highest-ranking law-enforcement official — snorted cocaine in the back room of a bar while he was a state senator, a political activist claims.

While Schneiderman, 59, has admitted to using pot and coke as a youth, he’s denied ingesting any illegal drugs for years, including since 1998, when he became a lawmaker.

“I saw him, Schneiderman, put it up his nose, a white powder’’ in 2005, insisted Democratic activist and comic Randy Credico.

Credico, who worked with fellow Democrat Schneiderman and others including hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons in the mid-2000s to successfully reform the Rockefeller Drug Laws, said Schneiderman snorted cocaine at Siberia, a since-closed Manhattan nightclub, during a party for politicians and their supporters.

“Schneiderman was there, and everybody was using like a bump or two bumps of cocaine . . . We were all snorting there, everyone was in the back room using white powder,’’ contended Credico, who received more than 20,000 votes as a long-shot candidate in the Democratic primary for governor last month.

Just how credible Credico is remains to be seen.  Schneiderman’s camp has said the allegations are “categorically false” and “truly laughable.”

Credico is a comedian who freely admits to smoking pot on a consistent basis, and who very recently did a radio show from a holding cell where he was detained for menacing a police officer.

Meanwhile, John Cahill has picked up endorsements from both NewsDay, Crain’s and the New York Observer.

A fairly recent poll shows Cahill gaining on Schneiderman, closing the gap by 11 points in September.