Unconfirmed Report – Gov. David Paterson to Suspend Campaign, Possibly Resign Today

Gov. Paterson Will End Campaign

Less than 48 hours after the New York Times revealed in a bombshell story that the administration of Gov. David Paterson had intervened in the domestic violence case of a top aide, Paterson has decided to pull the plug on his campaign for governor, the Daily News and the Post are reporting.

No official announcement has been made, but the Post says one is expected later today. Two sources familiar with the decision confirmed to TPM that Paterson will end his campaign.

A Democratic source familiar with New York politics tells TPM the Times story was a “profound disappointment” to Paterson’s friends and staff. “There’s an ongoing discussion about resigning his office,” the source said.

National Democrats are confident that they can hold the New York governorship, an official with the Democratic Governors Association tells TPM.

In response to the Times story, which was published online Wednesday evening, Paterson’s deputy secretary for public safety resigned, saying she had been lied to about the involvement of the state police in the domestic violence case of top Paterson aide David Johnson.

Ben Smith notes that calls for Paterson to resign have been snowballing, with the Daily News running a front-page editorial today headlined “TIME TO GO.”

According to the Times story, state police intervened with a woman who was seeking a protective order against Johnson following an alleged assault on Halloween. The story also said that Paterson had spoken to the woman on the phone Feb. 7, the day before she failed to show up in court for a scheduled hearing.

The circumstances of that call are unclear, with Paterson claiming that it was initiated by the woman. The woman’s lawyer says Paterson called her.

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4 Responses

  1. He is resigning; it was the most stupid thing he has done.

  2. BET Uncut and Papa Nana:

    Since Gov Paterson’s polling among Black people never fell below 50% do you think that we’ll ever see a postpartum analysis among the Negroratti to understand WHY there was such a gap between their own affinity for the inept leader of the commonwealth and what others who’s glasses are not tinted with jaundice enabled them to see more clearly?

    Certainly New York state does not have a RACE problem as might Alabama – right? With this off of the table- what is it?

    • Black folks make up only a small percentage of the voters in New York. And whether Paterson “failed” as you claim is highly up to conjecture, in that the New York Senate was rendered totally inoperable by Republican obstructionism and stupidity – much as the US Senate has been held hostage by your Massa’s racial hatred of President Obama through 120 filibusters of every piece of legislation before the Senate, even jobs legislation directly benefiting Rethugly Senators home states.

      New York has Republicans…

      Therefore they indeed have a race problem.

  3. I don’t follow NY State politics, so all I know are the soundbites that hit the national media.

    Patterson’s soundbites almost never make him seem strong, in fact, because he has a squirrelly voice, he seems weak. Intuitively, I know he must have some skills and abilities, otherwise he would not have risen in the ranks in state politics and democratic party circles, but from this long, admittedly shallow view of him, he does not seem to have the force of personality that one would expect of a NY Governor.

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