Paterson Suspends Campaign, Not Resigning
February 26th, 2010

In what sounded like a campaign stump speech combined with a resignation, Gov. David Paterson has announced that he is ending his campaign for governor.

“I am being realistic about politics,” said Paterson. “It hasnt been the latest distraction it has been an accumulation of obstacles that have obfuscated me from bringing my message to the public.”

“Therefore, there are times in politics when you have to know not to strive for service but to step back. And that moment has come for me.”

Paterson spent most of his time listing things his accomplishments as a public servant. He said he had “fought against special interests,” repealed the Rockefeller Drug Laws, reduced the deficit, and improved the quality of lives of all New Yorkers.

Paterson spoke mostly in the past tense but dispelled rumors that he will resign. “There are 308 days left in my term and I will spend everyone of them fighting for the people of New York,” he said.

Paterson said he was looking forward to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s investigation, saying that the truth would exonerate him and that he did not abuse his office.

The press were only allowed a few questions. Paterson responded to a question about Cuomo’s campaign by saying he had offered Cuomo his assistance, “should he become a candidate.”

Legislators are concerned that Paterson’s move leaves the state in the hands of a lame duck governor who is absolutely incapable of mustering support for his budget plans. A number of officials have called for Paterson to resign including Sen. Bill Perkins who currently holds Paterson’s former senate seat.

The state is drowning in debt and most agree that the budget needs serious trimming. But without strong leadership it seems unlikely that legislators will coalesce around a strong package of cuts.

A number of legislators have been pressing for Paterson to allow Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch to head up budget negotiations. In fact, legislators were calling for Ravitch to take over for Paterson in budget negotiations before the recent scandal broke.

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One Response to “Paterson Suspends Campaign, Not Resigning”

  1. cleanupnynow Says:
    February 26th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Abandoning his campaign is not enough. David Paterson needs to resign. He has severely compromised his office and can not serve effectively.

    For too long David Paterson has used his office, whether it be as head of the Senate Minority, Lt. Governor or as Governor, as an employment agency for his unqualified friends, associates, and gal pals David Johnson, Clemmie Harris, Michael Jones-Bey, Gabrielle Turner, Indira Noel. This practice needs to stop now.

    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.

    The David Johnson 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 in the New York State Senate 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 New York States 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 or gal pal and work for David Paterson you get promoted and protected for such behavior.


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