Breslin: If Allegations Are True, Paterson Should Resign
February 25th, 2010

“I think of this as the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Sen. Neil Breslin of the scandal surrounding Gov. David Paterson and his aide David Johnson. “If the story proves to be true this will be the last in a lot of missteps for the governor. It is just too much and a resignation should follow.” Breslin is a veteran Democrat from Albany who chairs the insurance committee.

“There allegations are very serious,” said Breslin. “I see some parallels between this and Hiram Monserrate.”

Breslin said he hopes to see Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch take over budget negotiations from the governor. “I hope to look back and see this as a pivotal time where we do the people’s business and pass an on time budget.”

Breslin and a number of Democrats find it hard to believe that Paterson will recover from the David Johnson scandal. “Now he doesn’t have anyone to defend him. He has attacked everyone around him.” Paterson began the year with a combative state of the state address and has been trading barbs with legislators ever since.

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  1. clanupnynow Says:
    February 25th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I agree with Jimmy Breslin.

    However, if David Paterson did call the woman to pressure her not to pursue with an order of protection against David Johnson, not only should David Paterson resign, but criminal charges of obstruction of justice should be filed.

    If David Paterson knew that David Johnson a top aide of his choked the women, stripped her of much of her clothing, smashed her against a mirrored dresser and took two telephones from her to prevent her from calling for help, and did not take action against Mr. Johnson – then three is something seriously wrong with David Paterson.

    It is beyond comprehension that David Paterson would pressure a woman to drop pursuing an order of protection, especially so against a known women abuser? Doesnt David Paterson understand the implications of that phone call? Doesnt David Paterson have any regard for this womans safety?

    This episode provides further evidence that David Paterson is just up not up to the task of governing. He does not have what it takes to govern effectively. The Democratic Conference Organizational and Structural Report detailing the workings of Patersons office while he was Senate Minority leader is an objective assessment of this clowns ability to manage or more precisely mismanage.

    This scathing report indicated that Patersons Senate Minority office, headed by the supremely incompetent Michael Jones-Bey, was completely dysfunctional. Mr. Jones-Bey, a childhood friend of Paterson, who is now incredulously Director of Division of Minority & Women’s Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation, was reported to be more interested in partying and boozing up with staff than working.

    Wow! You can be a total bozo, ex-felon, or women batterer, but if you a friend and work for David Paterson you get promoted for such behavior.

    For too long David Paterson has used his office as an employment agency for his unqualified friends and associates. This practice needs to stop. His staff and all his friends that he has placed in jobs need to be cleaned out as well…GET HIM AND THEM OUT NOW.

    This UN-ELECTED GOV needs to go now, before more damage is done and more of the wrong people profit from his office

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