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Gov. David Paterson's (D-N.Y.) really ugly week

New York Gov. David Paterson's week has gone from bad to worse. A Siena Poll released Monday showed that his political prospects were on life support. But a New York Times story today detailing the horrific domestic violence case against a senior aide and Paterson's contact with the victim can only be described as a death rattle for his reelection efforts.

The girlfriend alleged that David W. Johnson tore off her Halloween costume, choked her with one hand, smashed her into a mirrored dresser and took away her phone so she couldn't call for help. Twice she tried to get a restraining order against Jones. The night before her third attempt, she received a call from Paterson. According to her lawyer, Paterson said, “If you need me, I’m here for you.” She failed to show up in court the next day. Paterson confirms making the call, but insists she initiated it. He's suspended Johnson without pay. And he's asked state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate allegations of intimidation of the victim by the State Police and his administration's actions in the matter.

Paterson's standing in the minds of New Yorkers was already low. But that Siena poll carried even more bad news for the man who kicked off his reelection effort last Saturday. His job approval rating sits at 35 percent. Just 22 percent of those polled think he's doing an "excellent" job. And his presumed rival for the Democratic nomination for this November's gubernatorial election, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, would beat him in a head-to-head match-up by 42 points. Elizabeth Benjamin at the Daily News points out that Cuomo even has a 20-point lead over Paterson among African American voters. All those numbers are lower than they were in January.

Paterson's slide has been steep and persistent ever since he botched the selection of a successor to fill the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (The state's budget mess hasn't helped either.) And today's revelations make the situation worse. Call the pall bearers.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 25, 2010; 8:17 AM ET
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David Paterson must resign immediately. Criminal charges must be filed against his Superintendent of Police Harry Corbitt regarding obstruction of justice. If David Paterson pressured the women to not file an order of protection, criminal charges of obstruction of justice should be filed against him.

According to police records, David Johnson a top aide to David Paterson, choked the women, stripped her of much of her clothing, smashed her against a mirrored dresser and taken two telephones from her to prevent her from calling for help.

It is beyond comprehension that David Paterson would pressure a citizen to drop pursuing an order of protection, especially so against a known women batterer? Doesn’t David Paterson understand the implications of that phone call? Doesn’t David Paterson have any regard for this woman’s safety?

For too long David Paterson has used his office as an employment agency for his unqualified friends and associates. This practice needs to stop.

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 Paterson’s 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 Paterson’s 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.

Posted by: cleanupnynow | February 25, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I think the governor remains in the race merely so he can milk his campaign funds for vacations at Ritz-Carletons in Florida, dinners at expensive restaurants, and nights out at the most happening clubs.

At the risk of making a bad pun, even Mr. Paterson cannot be so...deluded as to fail to see that he has no chance of being reelected. (OK, so I chickened out of the pun.)

Posted by: Itzajob | February 25, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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