Paterson's Last Stand?
February 25th, 2010
The New York Times reports that the state police and possibly Gov. David Paterson might have tried to pressure a woman not to pursue an order of protection against Paterson aide David Johnson.† Johnson allegedly assaulted the woman. Paterson has responded by suspending Johnson and requesting that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo investigate the matter. Cuomo’s office has reportedly agreed.
Paterson was quick to defend Johnson last week when the Times published a piece that brought up allegations that Johnson had been involved in violent incidents against women. Many around Albany wonder if Paterson’s already feeble administration can possibly survive this scandal. Some suspect the report may lead to an avalanche of support for Cuomo’s bid for governor. What’s Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch up to these days anyway?
Here is Paterson’s statement regarding the most recent Times story:
“Serious questions have been raised about contact the State Police may have had with a private citizen who filed a complaint against a member of my staff. Any allegation of improper influence must be investigated thoroughly and completely.
“Superintendent Harry Corbitt has directed the State Police to conduct an internal investigation into this matter. I have full faith and trust in the integrity and ability of the State Police to conduct a thorough investigation.
“Because of the seriousness of these allegations, and the sensitive role of this staff member in my Administration, I am asking the Attorney General to investigate the matter to ensure in the public’s mind that a comprehensive and independent inquiry has been conducted. Pending the outcome of the investigation, I am suspending David Johnson without pay.”By David King on February 25, 2010, 10:00 am
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