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 on February 25, 2010, 10:00 am
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One Response to “Paterson's Last Stand?”

  1. clanupnynow Says:
    February 25th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    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 there 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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