Governor Paterson in real trouble over improper influence in abuse case
One of his closest aides was accused by a woman of abuse, and Paterson himself telephoned the woman to get her to drop the charges. Here’s a story on this in the February 24 New York Times. As of today, the governor is considering ending his candidacy because of it.
Update: Paterson announced today that he will not seek election.
Update: On Friday morning, Feb. 26, before Paterson’s announcement later in the day that he would not seek re-election, the New York Post called on him to resign and let Lt. Governor Richard Ravitch replace him. Post Albany correspondent Fredric Dicker says the betting in Albany is that Paterson will be gone within a month, as soon as Attorney General Andrew Cuomo completes his investigation into the affair in which Paterson personally spoke on the telephone to a woman who had asked for a restraining order against top Paterson aide David Johnson whom the woman accused of choking her. The day after the call, the woman failed to show up at a court appearance, and the charge was dropped. Paterson has no support left. All the newspapers are calling on him to resign now.