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New York Gov. David Paterson won't run this fall

Updated, 12:50 pm

Embattled New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will not seek election this fall, a bow to the inevitable given his low poll numbers and a recent controversy surrounding one of his top aides.

"It's done," state Senator Bill Perkins told the Post's Jason Horowitz. "The governor is not going to be running for reelection."

Paterson ascended to the top job in New York in the spring of 2008 following the resignation of then Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) after it was made public he had frequented high-priced hookers. Paterson's father, Basil, was a state Senator and a major player in New York Democratic politics. Paterson held his father's state Senate seat before being elected lieutenant governor in 2006.

Paterson's decision will be greeted with a sigh of relief from state and national Democrats who openly fretted that his unpopularity could drag down the entire ticket in the state. The White House -- in the form of political director Patrick Gaspard -- tried to talk Paterson out of the contest last fall without success.

But, Paterson's political fortunes continued to decline in the months that followed and a New York Times story that ran earlier this week alleging that the governor had intervened in an assault case involving a top aide appeared to be the final blow.

Paterson's retirement clears the way for state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the most popular politician in the Empire State, to be the Democratic nominee for governor this fall. Cuomo ran for governor in 2002 but dropped out of the contest after it became clear he would lose to then state Comptroller Carl McCall.

Former Rep. Rick Lazio is the likely Republican nominee.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month, Cuomo led Paterson 55 percent to 23 percent in a Democratic primary matchup and held a 57 percent to 25 percent edge over Lazio. Fifty four percent had a favorable opinion of Cuomo as compared to 16 percent who saw him in an unfavorable light; Lazio's fav/unfav was at 20 percent/15 percent.

New York is the twelfth Democratic open seat up for re-election this fall. Paterson along with Gov. Bill Ritter (D-Colo.) are leaving after a single term while the other ten states feature Democratic governors who are term limited out of office. Republicans have to defend 11 open seats.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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With the end of Paterson’s stint as governor, what is to come of SEIU’s plans for New York? It is hard to believe that the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) 1199 will simply allow the two million dollars investment in the soda tax simply fall to the wayside. We know whom the SEIU had in their pocket. And how that black-handed, double-dealing agent worked out for them.

So who will be the new face of the SEIU’s regressive policy for New York? What politician would be willing to back a union in their money grab from hardworking middle and lower classes of New York? State Health Commissioner Richard Daines is already out there toting the SEIU’s campaign to tax New Yorkers into poverty.

Posted by: JAVSnyc | March 2, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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 Paterson’s 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.

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM110_demreportfinal.html

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 New York State’s 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.

TIME TO GO.

Posted by: cleanupnynow | February 26, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama backed himself into a corner at the summit.


Obama failed miserably to point the finger at the Republicans for not being bipartisan.


Obama's problem is - NOW THE WHOLE COUNTRY SAW THAT OBAMA WAS NOT SEEKING A COMPROMISE - AND INSTEAD HAD HIDDEN PARTISAN MOTIVES THE WHOLE TIME.


Obama's poll numbers have dropped during this stupid gambit.


You are a complete fool for voting for this guy. You and your party are responsible for the damage he causes the country by ignoring the economy and jobs - and the country will not forget.

Well

The country will take out their anger in downticket races this November - no democrat around the country on the ballot will be able to escape.


The country is going to hold people like you personally responsible for Obama and his lack of attention to the economy and jobs - it is about time you are held accountable for Obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going for the NUCLEAR OPTION - as we have seen everytime Obama has tried a gambit like this, it blows up in his face.


Obama has got to be kidding.


The only question that remains is how much of the democratic party Obama is going to take down with him.


The Republicans are going to repeal the bill as soon as they can.


Even if the Republicans win only one House of Congress next year, they can refuse to fund the health care bill - and thus halt its implementation.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Paterson has bigger plans than being merely a governor. He has seen Obama's success and is preparing to run for President in 2012.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | February 26, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I think Governor Paterson truly represented the kind of people in his state.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | February 26, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, Obama is doing a great job - inspiring confidence

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

NYC Lefty...you are incorrect.

NY State has elected TWO Jewish Governors; Herbert Lehman (1933-1942) and Eliot Spitzer.

NY City has elected THREE Jewish Mayors, Abe Beame(73) Ed Koch(77,81,85) and Mike Bloomberg (01,05,09)

Posted by: Digital_Vote
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Good, but not representative. We need to see more. And not only in New York.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | February 26, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

NYC Lefty...you are incorrect.

NY State has elected TWO Jewish Governors; Herbert Lehman (1933-1942) and Eliot Spitzer.

NY City has elected THREE Jewish Mayors, Abe Beame(73) Ed Koch(77,81,85) and Mike Bloomberg (01,05,09)

Posted by: Digital_Voter | February 26, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse


Gov. Paterson should've followed Chris Rock's advice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui6-Wc0PDc4


Posted by: el_barto | February 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

David Paterson is the worse Governor in the State of New York. This guy should resign, because he's an idiot.

New York (D) Charles Rangel whould resign too. After I think about it, all members in Congress should resign, because they are all corrupt.

Posted by: Ward4DC | February 26, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

David Paterson was the worse Governor in the State of New York. This guy should resign because he's an idiot.

New York (D) Charles Rangel whould resign too. After I think about it, all members in Congress should resign because they are all corrupt.

Posted by: Ward4DC | February 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

GJonahJameson:

Thank you for clarifying. The past two governors, though politically miles apart, were disasters, each in his own way, and Patterson has followed suit.

In fairness, New York is a tough state to govern, in part, due to the unique administrative problems that New York City represents. For decades New York City residents have wanted to make the City a separate state, and that is IMO how it should be. The logic of including the City in the State escapes me.

"Secession," however, would not come easily, were any so brave enough to take it up seriously.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | February 26, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

GJonahJameson:

Thank you for clarifying. The past two governors, though politically miles apart, were disasters, each in his own way, and Patterson has followed suit.

In fairness, New York is a tough state to govern, in part, due to the unique administrative problems that New York City represents. For decades New York City residents have wanted to make the City a separate state, and that is IMO how it should be. The logic of including the City in the State escapes me.

"Secession," however, would not come easy, were any so brave enough to take it up seriously.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | February 26, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You heard it here first: Andrew Cuomo will be a likely front-runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2016 in the middle of his second term as New York Governot.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | February 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


The governor is not going to run for re-election, because the governor was never elected in the first place.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 26, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

And meanwhile, NY will lose another 2 House seats after the next Census. Cuomo is just another in a long line of Democrat apparatchiks presiding over the decline of NY State, whose only goal is to keep themselves and their special interests in power.

Last one out, please turn out the lights!

Posted by: pgr88 | February 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

FarnazMansouri, my comment was not really reading into the election so much as it was reading into the motivations of some of the people who've commented on this Fix post. I'm not a New Yorker myself, but I get the impression that very few of y'all were especially enamored with Gov. Paterson and the vast majority of Democrats in New York would welcome another gubernatorial candidate rather than raise Cain that President Obama is somehow trying to destroy Paterson and all other opposition in his diabolical quest to enslave mankind.

I've really not seen much in the way of spirited defense of Paterson, but when he announces he won't be seeking re-election, a bunch of people on this board suddenly jumped to his defense. Except by "jump to his defense," I mean "blast Obama, the White House and Democrats in general for Paterson's decision." My point was that these people trying to present themselves as New York Democrats disaffected by this decision are probably none of the above.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | February 26, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

GJonahJameson:

I don't know where you live, but I live in New York, and I welcome Patterson's decision.
As for Repuglicans, the last two were a disaster.

I wouldn't read too much into this. Dems need to come up with a good candidate, and we sure as heck will try.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | February 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, I wonder how many Democratic New York governors the New York Times would have to bring down before conservatives could stop accusing it of being some sort of ultra-left-wing demon spawn.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | February 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This NYer has a good amount of praise for the former Governor. Cuomo cut taxes from a top rate of 14% to 8.85% while making necessary investments in education, health care, mass transit and built prisons all while Reaganomics said to the states "let them eat cake".

Go back to Nelson Rockefeller who spend like a mad fool. Top tax rate 15% though he created the State University System SUNY. The states economic problems have been structual i.e. shift to the Sun Belt and Globalization.

If Andrew could only do half as well.

Bottom line It's the dysfunctional legislature that's the problem.

Good luck with Cuomo. As AG he is able to get some points from voters, but you better hope he is better at the governor gig than his Dad was. Mario Cuomo started the beginning of the end for NY State business.

Posted by: BurtReynolds

Posted by: MerrillFrank | February 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

NYClefty


Ed Koch was Mayor

Posted by: 37thand0street |
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And? So? Point?

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | February 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

He sounds just like Blago.

Posted by: boleson02 | February 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Never in American History has a President resorted to such LIES AND DECEPTIONS TO GET A BILL THROUGH.


Before Congress, Obama made more commitments which are simply NOT IN THE BILL.


1) Obama said the health care bill would be paid for - it is NOT - it is $3 TRILLION IN THE RED


2) Obama said that illegal aliens would not be covered - LOOK IN THE BILL


3) Obama said that abortion provision in federal law would not be changed - the Senate version throws out the Stupak Amendment


Obama lied in front of Congress in September - it is that simple.


The democrats on here who are defending Obama are defending a liar and a person who has been trying to deceive the country for a year.


This is a DISGRACE


IT IS SHAMEFUL


NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS EVER HAPPENED IN AMERICAN HISTORY.


OBAMA - I HAVE ONE THINK TO TELL YOU - IT IS NOT THE COLOR YOUR SKIN, IT IS THE CONTENT OF YOUR CHARACTER.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Boy, you really wonder how many of the folks yammering here about how Gov. Paterson's decision not to seek re-election is the result of his being steamrolled by the White House and how it means President Obama is a big jerkface are people who would have ever voted for Paterson to begin with. I mean, didn't the polls more or less show that even Paterson probably wasn't going to vote for Paterson? Why would his fans have waited until now to jump to his defense?

With that and the fact that so many of the same people are reading this as a sign that no Democrat will win the gubernatorial election in New York, you'd almost think those folks were never really supporters of Paterson's to begin with, but are just looking for reasons to bash Obama.

Or am I overanalyzing?

Posted by: GJonahJameson | February 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It's fun accusing Democrats of racism against one of their own and then watching their heads explode.

Suddenly the "its not about race!" comments come out.

Hypocrites.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 26, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

NYClefty


Ed Koch was Mayor

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Whistling is a ChristoNazi, Holocaust denier, notorious throughout WaPo, and should be advised to return to the Nazi swamp.

Word has it that he was at the five-thousand man Nazi demonstration in Germany two weeks ago. Must have come back here after ten thousand Germans kicked fat nazi arse.

At all events, Patterson has been a disaster. After the insanity with Spitzer, we had next to learn of Patterson's multiple weekly infidelities, but chose to ignore them. Wisely. Who cares.

Patterson was known to be smart and able to get along. He was also known as a hack.
And so, it turned out, he is.
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As for fat-arsed bastard nazi whistling, Jews are UNDER-represented in the governorship, something that your post just made clear to me.

But don't worry, Bastard. That will change.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | February 26, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

paterson has just defined the path that ONE-TERM hussein should follow.

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | February 26, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Whistler- I believe that we in NYS have had ONE Jewish Governor so far- and he lasted 2 years- Carey, Cuomo, LaGuardia, Pataki...which one sounds so Jewish to you? It is certainly not a criteria for multiple terms here.

Posted by: NYClefty | February 26, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

As a NYS resident we're going from what I consider to be a marginal toward a guy who's being primarily funded by the real estate interests. His father eliminated the 3 yr rent stabilized lease and brought it down to 2 yrs...a very effective and expensive measure for middle class tenants (a dwindling class) in nyc. Now it's his son's opportunity to back stab.

The only choice is to move to New Jersey. Whoops...not there.
A no choice kind of choice here.

Posted by: jato11 | February 26, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse


Well OF COURSE he shouldn't run.

He's not Jewish. Nor has he kissed the requisite bts or promised Israel first forever.

You don't know about New York?

Posted by: whistling | February 26, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than being forced out of office in New York would be getting elected to govern NEW JERSEY!!!

Posted by: ozpunk | February 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Obama.

Posted by: redsky28 | February 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Desiree Rogers is being forced out for being stupid too.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | February 26, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thumb screws hurt.

Posted by: Whys | February 26, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Headline is wrong. He's not resigning. He's simply not going to run for office.

Posted by: mwjcody | February 26, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Paterson,

Your politics are neither left nor right. You are just wrong for New York in any light.

You asked state employees to take a pay cut and give your staff raises. You asked forgiveness for past sins with women and drugs and involve yourself in backroom deals with AEG. You asked for the police to not involve themselves in political affairs and interfere in the investigation of your advisor. You asked to penalize the drinking of soda in the name of health and sought new taxes on gyms and personal trainers.

Now again, you seek to take money from our pockets, sap strength from our economy and steal food from our table. By raising the cost of soda by 50%, are you hoping that NY will start drinking more cheap booze? Were you hoping that the beer-goggles could elect you to your own term as governor?

Are you just the front for special interest thievery? Is the two million from SEIU 1099 to support of the soda tax the going price for selling out New York?

“When I travel across the state, I see communities suffering…” Governor Paterson, in the end you ring false.

Posted by: JAVSnyc | February 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"They might have won this battle, but lose the overall war and go down the general election as they have alienated a large part of NY’s Democratic voters in this process."

Uh, no. Paterson is corrupt and incompetent. Reporting that is a service, nothing else. NYorkers don't like him and are glad to see him go.

Posted by: drindl | February 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

What will an ordinary person do, who is facing the same police (IE: intimidation) methods where no respectable attorney is in sight?
What else will it take to take off the lipstick off the (police) pigs, exposing them to the people in their natural state?

Posted by: Shanan1 | February 26, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

What will an ordinary person facing the same police (IE: intimidation) methods do where no respectable attorney is in sight?
What else will it take to take off the lipstick off the (police) pigs, exposing them to the people in their natural state?

Posted by: Shanan1 | February 26, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

'This is a stinking albatross around his nice.'

should have been 'neck.' he has no 'nice.'

Posted by: drindl | February 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Cuomo machine has finally succeeded to sweep Paterson out of the way. They might have won this battle, but lose the overall war and go down the general election as they have alienated a large part of NY’s Democratic voters in this process.

Posted by: JJames081 | February 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey, joker editors, your teaser still reads that Paterson will "resign" instead of not run for election. How stupid are you guys? Or does accuracy mean nothing? Oh wait, I know the answer...

Posted by: Kas300 | February 26, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank God. Cuomo is a lock. It will be funny to watch him dance on Lazio's head. The guy is a lousy candidate and --

"Lazio—who in October 2000 memorably crossed the stage during the televised debate with Hillary to brandish a sheaf of papers at her, the notorious defining moment of her victorious Senate race—

****has spent the past decade making money on Wall Street****

most recently as an executive for J.P. Morgan. He says he decided to get back into the ring “because of a social conscience.”:

LOL. Trust me, we are real happy with Wall Street in NY right now. This is a stinking albatross around his nice.

Posted by: drindl | February 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with Cuomo. As AG he is able to get some points from voters, but you better hope he is better at the governor gig than his Dad was. Mario Cuomo started the beginning of the end for NY State business.

One day, the people of NY will wake up and realize that the real problem wasn't in the Governor's Mansion, but it is in the Assembly and Senate. They are corrupt and broken. The best thing NY can hope for is that Sheldon Silver finally gets indicted for something like his other "man in the room" Joseph Bruno finally was. Unfortunately it was after he already resigned.

Paterson showed flashes of actually being willing to do what needed to be done. Any decent idea he had was shot down by crooks like Sheldon Silver or whoever happened to be in charge of the Senate that particular week (shouldn't Pedro Espada be in jail along with Hiram Monserrate?). You are talking about a Senate and Assembly that voted to RAISE spending after staring a huge deficit in the face. Only the Recovery Act dollars allowed them to ignore it for 6 more months.

Wait a couple years. NY voters will be calling for Cuomo's head just like they are Paterson, still failing to see where the cancer really is.

Posted by: BurtReynolds | February 26, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

How does a blind man whose face is familiar to everyone who CAN see find women to cheat with?

You have to hand it to him (pun intended)

Posted by: GWGOLDB | February 26, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Way to go New York Times! I suspect there'll be a little something extra in your pay packet from the DNC this week!

Posted by: Jeff08 | February 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Best news I've heard all day that this dummy is OUT as a candidate for Governor.

Now, If someone can get that weirdo, Cuomo out of the way, maybe we can have some honest men running for this seat come November!

Posted by: billsyr | February 26, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The previous guy had issues and plenty of enemies, but Paterson was a B-actor compared to Spitzer. The womanizing rumors persisted and state governance suffered. Thank you for making that wise decision before the voters decide!

Posted by: linux_fan | February 26, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


Democrats eat their young.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 26, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

SNL fans, fear not. Sarah Palin continues to provide plenty of good material.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 26, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

As everyone in NY knows, Paterson is dumb as a box of rocks and was governor only because Spitzer went down in flames. He was in over his head and his lack of leadership skills became more and more obvious the longer he stayed in office. Good riddance.

Posted by: checkered1 | February 26, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Stop screaming racism ! This was the same crap with Cynthia McKinney but they neglected to mention Cynthia McKinney has a mostly black constituency. And the choice was those of African Americans.

David Patterson's polling number with African American are not to hot in New York.

Stick it in your ear with this racism crap.

I am African American. And I may be a victim of racist acts in the future. I don't need remedies to racism loosing power because it is misapplied for the incompetent.

Lastly, I am a New Yorker--David Patterson the minute he took office was no friend of the black community. Sometimes black elected officials do that--assuming they will get a pass. Eliot Spitzer had a better record serving the needs o African Americans.

Posted by: 411Tibby | February 26, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank God. He's not been what NY needed after Spitzer. I wish him well, but I'm glad he's not in DC politics. lol

As a previous comment stated, I will miss his parody on SNL! Hilarious!

Posted by: brandip_77 | February 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Damn. There goes my favorite skit on SNL.

Posted by: hisroc | February 26, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, the dalibama won the first round. NY will stay in the demotaxes column thanks to the work of their surrogate agents in the NYT....they are quite a bunch of crooks to observe until 2012...then, out they go!

Posted by: djudge1 | February 26, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Cuomo 65- Hack Lazio 35.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 26, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Well Obama asked Patterson not to run.

But Patterson wouldn't comply....

So one of the Democrat Party's propaganda outlets, the NYTimes in this case, ran a damning story on Patterson.

Got to luv the way the Democrats and their close pals in our liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press........work together.

Usually their busy attacking Republicans......lol

Posted by: allenridge | February 26, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The Obama regime called for Paterson to bail out weeks ago and Paterson refused. Then the New York Times was enlisted and did a very effective hatchet job on the governor. Great teamwork!

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 26, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"Paterson's decision will be greeted with a sigh of relief from ... Democrats who openly fretted that his unpopularity could drag down the entire ticket in the state". And this reflection of what truely concerns New York's leadership is why New York and it's budget continue to both remain a mess! So my guess here is that given the discontent that exists across the State, everyone who lives there is probably going to opt to stay at home and tend to their gardens this Election Day.

Posted by: jralger | February 26, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

When the Republican's run the entire nation, will we be forced to use apostophe's in all plural word's?

Posted by: justmike | February 26, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

What Paterson did was despicable -- calling a woman the day before her court date and putting the fear of God in her -- and I wish the pundits would focus a little on the domestic violence that is tolerated by politicians. Why would Paterson go to bat for such an idiotic underling? Paterson's judgment is worse than even imagined. He had everything and then blew it. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Good riddance.

Posted by: readerny | February 26, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey guv! Can't you see how much we need you? you're such a useful idiot and you make such a wonderful political pinata!

Posted by: carlbatey | February 26, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Another Republican will replace a failed Affirmative Action reject.

In a year, Republican's will rule the entire nation and the Affirmative Action President will be a lame duck.

Posted by: Indpnt1 | February 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey, editor dudes...."resign" is different than "won't run for election" --- which is it?? That's a pretty big error on your front pol. blog page if he's not indeed stepping down NOW.

Posted by: Kas300 | February 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Too bad, I kinda admired his standing up in the state legislature and tell folks they're going to have to cut spending. I guess that won't happen now.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | February 26, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You just saw a black man get lynched by the Democrat party, thanks to the political machinations of Emanuel and Cuomo.

Posted by: pgr88
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As much as some people want to make everything about race, sometimes it's just about competence. When you pull out the race card to defend incompetent people, all you do is give bigots more ammunition.

Posted by: xconservative | February 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand. He seemed like the perfect governor for New York. A stupid, crooked, Democrat.

Posted by: jdonner2 | February 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Now all we need is a complete change in the legislature, and maybe that will help us here in WNY.

Posted by: SeniorVet | February 26, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Bowing out will give the one-eyed wonder more opportunities to have more romantic affairs, as he so publicly "admitted" to enjoying a few years back. Remember?

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

You just saw a black man get lynched by the Democrat party, thanks to the political machinations of Emanuel and Cuomo.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Sheesh. Yesterday during the "summit" Ezra Klein announced he listened to the people, proof being he read his own blog's Comment board.

No way Cillizza could read this. Too many perseverative kooks who derive meaning in life from spamming his comments. The drive through psychosis, like churchlionjudah, we see that everywhere.

But no matter what, one wing nut after another treats this place like a residential program, a retreat from the desperation of being ignored by the real world.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 26, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

churchlionjudah

So fond of quoting scripture are we? I guess you ignore Jesus and forgot let ye without sin cast the first stone. Typical bible thumping hypocrite. What is under your skirt?

Posted by: dganderson13 | February 26, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

Thank goodness he had the common sense to realise there was no other recourse. Especially after the NYT business with the 'wife-beating' aide.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | February 26, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA SOLUTIONS

What has Obama got to offer on this or any other difficult decision? See this video from yesterday's health care meeting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPxMZ1WdINs&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: sagereader | February 26, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Heh heh heh.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | February 26, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

So what's your point, 37-O? People on both sides react the same way, gleefully pointing fingers at each other whenever any member of the opposition messes up? Well, BFD- this has been going on for years now and it doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon.

Posted by: justmike | February 26, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Looks like NY will be falling on the list of Governorships that could switch hands. Hopefully Cuomo will get Albany back in order because right now it is even more disfunctional than the US congress. There are alot of issues that the State needs to address that are wallowing in obscurity due to inaction.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 26, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust. Now if we could see an impartial report of both the D and R candidates and their credentials and beliefs, however that won't be found at WaPo. Tear the right down and sing praises to the left.

Posted by: inmanorj | February 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Everytime a Republicans gets in trouble, the democrats go nuts on the party - calls them hypocrites - and it never ends for weeks.


When a democrat gets in trouble, the reaction is much different.


Sorry pals.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Perkins coined this gem of a Yoggiism for the New York Times, referring to the scandal:

"This is a fatal blow, and it will probably only get worse."

Fatal is not the worst?

Posted by: blasmaic | February 26, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Another democratic scandal - this time witness intimidation.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 26, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

With All the "RETIREMENTS" amoung the Democrats, One would think
Obama would get the message!

Posted by: akeegan2 | February 26, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

And God takes another one of out of the public view! Scripture says He will lift your skirts -show your nakedness and sin- to the world! More and more today, we see those servants of Satan -however great or small- being exposed. All sin is satanic, even if one does not know this!

Posted by: churchlionjudah | February 26, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

David Paterson should run for the senate!
Come on people he is a Democrat!
These trivial things don’t matter when you are a Democrat!
It’s the narrative that counts,... right?

Posted by: rexreddy | February 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

David Paterson should run for the senate!
Come on people he is a Democrat!
These trivial things don’t matter when you are a Democrat!
It’s the narrative that counts,... right?

Posted by: rexreddy | February 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Good news for for the Demacrats in the big apple.

Posted by: mahad71957 | February 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

This whole situation kind of seems a bit underhanded. It was clear several months ago that the Democratic establishment in NY didn't want Paterson to run. The Times runs a series of unflattering articles, and now he's calling it quits. Are they going to scrutinize Lazio and Cuomo in a similar fashion?

Posted by: alc0f7 | February 26, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

That man had no political or leadership instincts. He had risen to far as Lt Gov. He couldn't pull himself together to meet the demands of his sudden promotion and then couldn't recognise that he had become a seat-warmer. He was in the way of his state and his party.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | February 26, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This cannot be a Bad Thing.

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | February 26, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Racism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: BenLaGuer | February 26, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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