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Don't go, Gov. David Paterson -- yet

So, the pall bearers were called, and they carted off New York Gov. David Paterson's (D-N.Y.) 6-day old campaign for a full term in the Empire State on Friday. Some folks want him to vacate Albany altogether. And that may be necessary depending on how state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigation comes out. But if it is, Paterson shouldn't resign -- leaving another shock to the system in his wake -- until his administration completes a new state budget that closes an estimated $8 billion deficit.

Because Paterson is despised by the leaders he needs to complete the fiscal plan, many are suggesting that Paterson hand off budget negotiations to Lt. Gov. Dick Ravitch. Excellent idea. Is he the ideal choice? No. In a perfect world the governor elected by the people would be doing it. But the world proved to be imperfect in March 2008 when Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) had to step down after his involvement in a prostitution ring was revealed. But now Paterson is the Nancy Kerrigan of state politics, though he is hobbled by his own actions.

The budget is due April 1. The process of putting it together has always been an unholy mess that has at times not produced a fiscal plan until Fourth of July weekend or later. An experienced hand like Ravitch, who isn't interested in elective office beyond his current term, could be what Albany needs to at least fulfill its obligation to keep the state's lights on. Paterson should give him the authority to do it.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 1, 2010; 8:07 AM ET
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David Paterson is simply not viable anymore. He is the lamest of lame ducks and needs to simply RESIGN NOW. Abandoning his campaign is not enough. David Paterson has abused and severely compromised his office and can not serve effectively.

When will this clown as a Governor ever realize that putting non-qualified friends and ex-girlfriends and gal pals - David Johnson, Clemmie Harris, Michael Jones-Bey, Gabrielle Turner, Indira Noel - on the state payroll with six-figure salaries during this recessionary period, is just not the right thing to do?

Hopefully the next Governor will get these unqualified hacks that are in positions out of their skill set, off the public payroll.

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.

Before putting David Paterson on his ticket as Lt. Governor, Eliot Spitzer should have read “The Democratic Conference Organizational and Structural Report” detailing the workings of Paterson’s office while he was Senate Minority leader in the New York State Senate. This report 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 highly inept Michael Jones-Bey, was completely dysfunctional. The unqualified and disinterested Mr. Jones-Bey, a childhood friend of Paterson, who is now incredulously Director of Division of Minority & Women's Business Development at New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation, was reported to be more interested in partying and boozing up with staff than working.

Looks like Paterson's staffers learned their ways from their boss.

David Paterson needs to RESIGN NOW.

Posted by: cleanupnynow | March 1, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Paterson isn't that stupid. He's planning to use his job as a bargaining chip in case he is actually charged with a crime. If the AG finds criminal wrongdoing on his part, he'll plead guilty and resign in lieu of serving time. His job, no matter how much of a lame duck he might be, is still valuable.

Posted by: NYCchris | March 1, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Another male just doesn't get it. People make this issue, politics, race, The NYT, and the state budget. It is none of the above. This issue is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

David Paterson should resign immediately. He contacted an alleged abuse victim, putting pressure on her. That is unconscionable.

The hidden legacy of this soon to be ex-governor will be the lingering fear in women who are contemplating making an accusation of domestic violence.

Posted by: tommyles1 | March 1, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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