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Paterson, White House Adviser Huddled About Re-Election

White House political director Patrick Gaspard met last Monday with New York Gov. David Paterson (D) to express concern about the incumbent's chances at winning re-election in 2010, according to several sources briefed on the matter.

Less than 24 hours after that meeting, Paterson announced that Richard Fife, a longtime New York operative and volunteer for President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, would serve as campaign manager for his 2010 bid.

Sources on both sides said that the President did not reach out to Paterson directly to ask him to leave the race. Gaspard, a former political director at the powerful Service Employees International Union 1199 based in New York City, has a long relationship with Paterson.

Concerns have been mounting about Paterson since he stepped into the governorship following Gov. Elliot Spitzer's resignation after it as revealed he frequented a high-end hooker.

Paterson's re-election numbers have tumbled over the past few months and a recent Marist College survey showed just one in five voters approving of the job he is doing. Paterson was also losing badly to former New York City Rudy Giuliani, who will announce his political plans this fall, in that poll.

Despite those dismal numbers, Paterson has made no bow to political reality -- insisting that he is running for and will win a second term. State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) is widely seen as the preferred Democratic nominee but seems to be waiting for Paterson to make a move before announcing his intentions.

If Paterson runs and loses, it could have widespread effects as the Empire State will redraw its legislative and congressional district lines following the 2010 census -- a process the governor will have considerable influence over.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Governors , White House  
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LOL!!! This ain't going to win over any friends in the White House:

Posted by: JakeD | September 22, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

He chose t' defen' 'Merica.

If he had the same choice to make he's make in agin'

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 21, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You mean like pushing candidates in Senate elections? One example in the link [].

Impeach him! Oh wait, he's gone.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 21, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

If GWB had tried 1/2 of what Obama is getting away with, impeachment would have been back on the table.

Posted by: JakeD | September 21, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama is indeed a control freak. He should stay out of state politics. Gov. Paterson has the right to run for election and the president should do what he was elected to do.

Obama has already take on too much. It makes no sense for him to add New York State politics to his list.

We should be very, very concerned about this man's dictatorial leanings.

Posted by: Kansas28 | September 21, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Chồng tôi đang ở Việt Nam để bắt đầu xây dùng nhà chúng tôi. Nhà mới (chúng tôi có thêm nhà ở Rạt Giá rồi) sẽ nắm ở Khu Nam Long của Cần Thơ.

Snowbama chỉ nửa đúng; chồng tôi là người Việt nhưng 44 tuổi. "Vietnamese," phải, "boy" không phải.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 21, 2009 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Still can't figure out the elbows part.

Yeah he's got some serious emotional issues but at least zouk doesn't just do the same six posts all day long. If JakeD isn't banned for trolling this place raw with repetition then why ban anyone.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 21, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Oh, just for fun. What were you referring to in the 10:57 post? Please. Spin it for us. You couldn't even last a week on the blog under a new identity without prancing over the edge. Perhaps you should return to copying and pasting from the New Republic.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 20, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what you are talking about. You have a dirty mind.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Vomit on the sidewalk.

One of the reasons I don't think CC reads his comments.

Posted by: nodebris | September 20, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the 10:57 post the sort of thing that led to a previous poster being banned? Let's see. Crude reference to sexual acts performed on a minor. I believe that falls under rule #1 (degrades others on the basis of gender, race, class, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual preference, disability, or other classification).

Snowbama's a lost cause, but I'd be interested in seeing Jake defend that one.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 20, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Now that the Vietnamese boy has left which hurts most? Your tonsils, elbows, knees or seat?

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

You have to feel sympathy for Governor Paterson, knowing --- as he must --- that President Obama would normally endorse a Democratic governor, particularly an African-American, even if he had the brain of a ham sandwich.

Posted by: prosecutor1 | September 20, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

crm: save your breath. You're not dealing with a whole mind

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 20, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

You seem to have science and religion confused. The first is based on fact. The latter is a belief, focused on the words of prophets, like al gore.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse


If you can't accept the scientific reality of global warming, there's not much hope for you. Go to the places where real scientists are doing real research on climate change. For every one who doesn't believe in climate change, there are about 5,000 whose research is proving the global warming is already happening. Sorry you don't want to believe this -- neither do I. But an allegiance to the truth, and science, requires that I believe it. You are being misled by ideologues, crackpots, cynical political operators, and most of all, the oil and coal industries. THAT is the truth. Stop being such a dupe.

Posted by: crm1951 | September 20, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys, snowbama / king_of_zouk is a lifer in a mental institution. He posts here from a PC in the day room. He's in a ward for deeply distubed patients and posting here is supposed to be therapeutic.

You can see how well it's working.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 20, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

"snowbama" would prefer to be called a "Republican against socialism" than a "teabagger".

I'll take him at his word, and wonder why anyone opposing a neoliberal democrat who channels all his programs through the private sector would choose to characterize his adversary as a "socialist".

I presume it's because he's not well informed about the subjects about which he has such strong feelings.

President Obama, as best I can tell, would rather undergo 32 root canals than establish one single program in which the federal government directly pays one single citizen for a day's work.

If that makes the President a socialist, I'm Popeye.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 20, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's another case where the USA system in which the head of state is also the head of the party is a bit cumbersome.

Gonging Patterson off the stage is mandatory work for the head of the Democratic party (republican-controlled redistricting in a monster state after an easy to predict election loss, etc). It's a tough sell for the head of state.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | September 20, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

shrink, thanks for the link at 11:13AM.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 20, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

When you say teabagger are you referring to chris fox, the true meaning, or the purloined meaning, repubs upset about socialism?

Ms fox is sore from his date last night and is not able sit properly today. Her spewing of hate will return under a different name soon.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

And Sally, I think Obama is *saving* Patterson from the bus.

And Rudy can't run for anything at this point: he's been lining his pockets for 8 years on 9/11 and that's his personna now -- after dinner speaker.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 20, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

No one will force Patterson to do anything.
Fife will talk facts with him. The facts now are he isn't backed by the voters and he isn't raising any money. He'll get advice from one of the best organizers in the country, and that advice will probably be you aren't going to make it out of the primary and there are lots of better ways to spend the next 7 months than running a losing campaign. I hope Patterson hears it when it is said to him.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 20, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Truth1- The Truth is that David Axelrod cannot, in this land of the Constitution, "boot out" anyone - let alone a legally blind respected Black Governor.

Posted by: thecannula | September 20, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

No one voted for Patterson as governor of the state of New York. He has shown himself to be incompetent especially in the matter of selecting a senator from a convervative district to replace Hillary Clinton. Patterson is a party wrecker and should be booted out.

Posted by: truth1 | September 20, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

You teabaggers sure were quiet while W was President, now you are all over the damn place.

Posted by: ottoparts | September 20, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The NY Times Online announced this afternoon that Paterson IS RUNNING! Now Cuomo has the cover of an Obama tacit endorsement to run against one of the only two black governors in the US. Charlie Rangel (that font of ethics and morals) has declared that he will oppose any candidate running against the incumbent governor- should be quite a scrum- Oh Rudy...........

Posted by: thecannula | September 20, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Normally I don't like the DC folks getting involved in local politics, HOWEVER this situation with NY is unique. Obama's asking Paterson not to run is simply a reinforcement of the wishes of local and state Democrats in New York State. Local and state Dems have for months strongly hinted that they don't want Paterson to run for a full term.

Posted by: RussellNewYork | September 20, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Offering The governor a job as a powerful czar in Washington might be the bait that will make him quit his bid for re-election. He might also make a good ambassador to Israel. He has vast experience with the Jewish people.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | September 20, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

And the governor's response in typical liberal fashion was something like "How much can I get for it? I'm not giving this away for nothing."

Obama replies "I'll get the same guys who wrote my book for me to scribble one up for you." Or you can take what Monty has behind the curtain. Or some cash and a nice czar title.

But this didn't come from me. I was on TV that Sunday.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

So...let's see. "Obama didn't ask Paterson to not run." Of course!! He didn't have that conversation with Rahm and Dave, who in turn had a little tete a tete with Meeks, something like, "you know, the President thinks the governor should forget about the reelection and consider moving to Washington, where we could make him the Diversity Czar, or some other title befitting his experience and capabilities. How about having a chat with him?"

So it goes. But Obama didn't ask Paterson himself.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | September 20, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yah right!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | September 20, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Snowbama should succomb to correct spelling before delivering utterances on matters of importance.

Amazing Snowbama Theory of the day:
"Why is the white house trying to throw out the black governor in favor of the preferred candidate, I mean color? Smells like racism."

The Snowbama theory that an African-American president is engineering the ouster of an African-American governor for racist reasons smells like idiocy.

Posted by: chuckbarb23 | September 20, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Another liberal boondoggle succombs to facts:

When a leading proponent for one point of view suddenly starts batting for the other side, it's usually newsworthy.

So why was a speech last week by Prof. Mojib Latif of Germany's Leibniz Institute not given more prominence?

Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC's last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN's World Climate Conference--an annual gathering of the so-called "scientific consensus" on man-made climate change --Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool."

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Rudy and his circle have mafia ties, so I know the GOP will support him. They like organizations that think of themselves as The Family, whether they be Christian power-mongers or organized crime.

Posted by: goldie2 | September 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if a white president told a blind black governor to hit the road. Man, the comrads of the democrat socialist party are a cruel bunch. Abortions and death panels, take away that motorized wheelchair and medicare/cade from the seniors, forget Israel, Poland, and the Czechoslovakians, and getting ready to put a huge tax on the middle class. Hope you all are glad you voted for President ACORN.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | September 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Rudy runs and wins.

Posted by: JakeD | September 20, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Has this become the 'snowbama' (formerly K-o-Z) blog again? Blast! I was trying to find The Fix.


If you're still out there somewhere, one might point out that Patterson was never elected governor; hence the poor polling figures. Personally, Andrew Cuomo, despite being something of a b__tard in personal life, has done a first-rate job as Atty. General. I think he could wrap up a Governor's race fairly neatly.

Rudy... New Yorkers aren't as crazy about him as the rest of the country once was, many even pushing back strongly on his Sept. 11 claims. He might be 'America's Mayor', but is he really NY's Governor???

Posted by: sverigegrabb | September 20, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | September 20, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

In other news today, ACORN Chief organizer Bertha Lewis was "shocked, I tell you, shocked" at illegal activities going on at ACORN.

Posted by: JakeD | September 20, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

This assclown Patterson has the right to run. And, we the voters, have the right to throw hiss lame a$$ out into the street and replace him with an adult. By that I mean a republican.

Posted by: carlbatey | September 20, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The old bush did it defense. Of course.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, snowbama, Dining Room Table says what?

Posted by: emptysee | September 20, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Some real Sunday morning hilarity here...Democrats are incompetent? and said with a straight face after 8 years of Bush idiocy, Republican Congressional malfeasance, and a country that in 8 years doubled its national debt, saw 4400 of its best slughtered for a dolt's ego, and made America thisclose to a national security state. And did it all badly.

From Katrina to tax cuts, from Iraq to Walter Reed, Republicans failed at EVERYTHING they touched. They kept us safe, says Cheney Vader? so did Clinton, and he didn't have to torture people, lie about it, spy on Americans, lie about THAT, invent a war, and lie about that too. He didn't turn the Justice Dept into the Justification Dept filled with enablers and Pat Robertson law school buffoons.

So if the Democrats haven't cleaned up the manure pile left behind by the poster children for inept in just 8 short months, perhaps the ridiculous right ought to show us, after manifest evidence to the contrary how, exactly, they will clean up after the Shrub.

Oh, wait!! We'll impede and obfuscate, rant and rave, lie and misdirect. We'll say we're going to "protect" Medicare, after 40 years of trying to destroy it. We'll stand tall for the First and Second Amendment rights of "ordinary" folks who bring weapons to political events, after decrying them as traitorous America haters when they marched UNARMED against the folly that became the war in Iraq. We'll invent rather than inform about legislation that affects us every day. We'll have radio's fat gasbag and the pseudo patriotic national tear duct on TV deny their own racism while accusing all others. But mostly, we'll just bloviate, telling people what to fear and who to blame, And our party "leaders" will just stand by, mute because of their overwhelming desire to just regain power. The few, the proud, the cynical--join the Republican Party.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | September 20, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

This looks to be very like Bunting's situation --- oh, except that Bunting's party is out of power and offered him nothing in alternative to NOT running fro reelection.
Fife will present Patterson with the ways his campaign will work or will not work, and then the candidate will have to decide just what he wants from 2010. I'm certain Patterson will land something nice if he decides he really isn't interested in this campaign after all. :-)

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 20, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | September 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Jake. On the contrary. I have seen Barry do over 200 speeches. I now feel if I could only see perhaps 50 or 60 more, I would be convinced.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Why is the white house trying to throw out the black governor in favor of the preferred candidate, I mean color? Smells like racism.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

The dictator is now going to run elections and who is the candidate?

We got a taste of it when he dictated that a State Governor be placed on stand down.

It is an over exposure of NPD SOCIOPATHIC dual profiles.
It sounds like a mandate coming from the Joker in a batman comic book, but it is real life for us today.

Posted by: dottydo | September 20, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: shrink2 | September 20, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the state of the relationship between
Cuomo and Paterson? Is Cuomo doing Paterson a courtesy? Would he actually not run if Paterson does run? This is a back-story CC could ferret (out) for us, no?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 20, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse


Far from conveying a position of power, Obama's appearance on all the broadcast Sunday talk shows had a sense of desparation. Kinda like the Titantic after she hit that iceberg.

Posted by: JakeD | September 20, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

All democrats are on the outs. They are incompetent. Everyone now knows.

Posted by: snowbama | September 20, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I am saying they were not friends.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 20, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

And this has what to do with President Obama?

And shrink2, Do you have problems with friends? What are you really saying?

Posted by: catmomtx | September 20, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

So can you tell us why you think those two were friends?

Posted by: shrink2 | September 20, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Patterson is atrocious.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 20, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Is Paterson the next Obama "friend" to be thrown under the bus if not directly, then by "personne interposée"?

Posted by: sally62 | September 20, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

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