Thursday, September 24, 2009

Paterson Dropping Hints He Might Not Run For Reelection

Governor David Paterson, the accidental governor of New York, now says that it was never his intention to become governor and had hoped to become US Senator, replacing Hillary Clinton should she have won the Presidency. Well, political realities are finally catching up and he's now beginning to realize that any chance for reelection is slim.
Embattled Gov. Paterson for the first time Wednesday opened the door to not running for election next year - while his wife attacked President Obama for trying to drive him from office.

"I think if I got to a point where I thought my candidacy was hurting my party, obviously it would be rather self-absorbed to go forward," Paterson said at a Syracuse luncheon.

Paterson has been under pressure from some Democrats and union leaders in New York and most recently the White House to drop his plans to run.

Paterson said he still plans to run - for now.

"I didn't say that anybody would have to convince me [to step aside]," he said. "I don't think anyone who is clearly hurting their party would [run] when it is going to make the party lose."
Paterson doesn't have the party support that has accumulated around Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has the ear of President Obama and had made all the right moves of late. Paterson has actually claimed that Cuomo was behind the latest smear comments and orchestrations surrounding the President's visit to New York and the cold reception. We'd just have to ignore the fact that Paterson was busy trying to claim that racism was driving the media efforts to send him packing from Albany when it was the media doing its job and reporting on Paterson's multitude of failures.

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