NYT scandal story drops: Did NY governor intervene on behalf of top aide who abused girlfriend?

posted at 9:37 pm on February 24, 2010 by Allahpundit

Ah, here’s the stuff we’ve been waiting for lo these many weeks. The Times actually rolled out a separate story a week ago introducing the key player here: David Johnson, who started working for Paterson as an intern, eventually became his driver, and now serves as one of his most senior aides despite having “also on three occasions been involved in altercations with women.”

One minor detail they saved for tonight: If you believe Johnson’s latest victim, the State Police — and the governor himself — may have tried to cover things up.

Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man.

In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter, confirmed that the woman was visited by a member of the governor’s personal security detail.

Then early this month, days before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed…

The lawyer, Lawrence B. Saftler, said that the conversation lasted about a minute and that the governor asked how she was doing and if there was anything he could do for her. “If you need me,” he said, according to Mr. Saftler, “I’m here for you.”…

“I’m glad you’re doing this,” the woman told the court referee overseeing the case, “because I thought it was going to be swept under the table because he’s like a government official, and I have problems even calling the police because the state troopers kept calling me and harassing me to drop the charges, and I wouldn’t.”

The superintendent of the State Police says a trooper did meet with the woman, but only to, er, give her “options” about proceeding with a legal case. Paterson met the Times last week, and when they questioned him about this, he was angry — not that Johnson had allegedly choked the woman and tore at her clothes, but angry that one of the Times’s reporters had gone to the woman’s home to investigate the story.

Oh, did I mention that Paterson’s chief of staff in 2001 had to intervene in one of the fights between Johnson and his then-girlfriend?

Just to make this a tiny bit more awkward for him, he’s promised that he’ll ask the attorney general to launch a full investigation of his administration’s handling of the case. The name of that attorney general? Andrew Cuomo, who happens to be leading Paterson in the New York Democratic primary by … 42 points. But that’s a minor detail: Paterson became political roadkill ages ago, so the only question here is whether it’ll force him to resign early or whether he’ll ride this tide to a landslide defeat later this year. Go ye, follow the link and read.


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A politician pulling strings. What a bombshell.

entropent on February 24, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Silly N.Y. Politics…we’ve got a country at risk.
WGARA

Chewy the Lab on February 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Welcome to Chicago politics gov. The obamanation is going to destroy you.

daesleeper on February 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Paterson became political roadkill ages ago, so the only question here is whether it’ll force him to resign early. Go ye, follow the link up top and read.

And that is exactly why it now appears in the NYT…so brave they are. And the biggest reason? He made Obama look bad once.

AUINSC on February 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM

and he is still better then Spitzer.

rob verdi on February 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

HuffPost covers how the Federal Reserve financed Saddam and Watergate

Professor Bob Auerbach of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (and an economist at the House Financial Services Committee for eleven years assisting in oversight of the Federal Reserve) brought these issues to light in a book published by a university press:

In Deception and Abuse at the Fed, Robert Auerbach, a former banking committee investigator, recounts major instances of Fed mismanagement and abuse of power that were exposed by Rep. Gonzalez, including:

* Blocking Congress and the public from holding powerful Fed officials accountable by falsely declaring–for 17 years–it had no transcripts of its meetings;
* Manipulating the stock and bond markets in 1994 under cover of a preemptive strike against inflation;
* Allowing 5.5 billion to be sent to Saddam Hussein from a small Atlanta branch of a foreign bank–the result of faulty bank examination practices by the Fed;
* Stonewalling Congressional investigations and misleading the Washington Post about the6,300 found on the Watergate burglars.

Spathi on February 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Wow! What’s up with NY Times?

This guy is black, blind, and a Democrat!

His approval rating is what? 20%????

What’s the agenda here?

David2.0 on February 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

daesleeper,
its a valid point, one wonders of the media and Obama would have turned on him had he chosen sweet Caroline as the Senate choice.

rob verdi on February 24, 2010 at 9:44 PM

HuffPost covers how the Federal Reserve financed Saddam and Watergate

Spathi on February 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Wrong thread, Ronulan…I think you meant to post here:

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/24/ron-paul-grills-bernanke-wasnt-the-fed-involved-with-saddam-and-in-watergate/

AUINSC on February 24, 2010 at 9:46 PM

And, once again, we see that liberals are all about doing what’s best for women…

englishqueen01 on February 24, 2010 at 9:47 PM

This is indeed troubling.

Bishop on February 24, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Paterson became political roadkill ages ago, so the only question here is whether it’ll force him to resign early or whether he’ll ride this tide to a landslide defeat later this year

bustin’ rhymes.
+2

ted c on February 24, 2010 at 9:47 PM

And here I thought the actual scandal was Paterson himself and a lady. Unless the lady provides information about the 1 minute phone call with Paterson, then Paterson’s involvement is hearsay. Sounds like the O Team is giving Cuomo an assist and showing Paterson the door. How kind of them.

Paterson became political roadkill ages ago,

Raaaacist! I heard a “boy” in there somewhere too.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2010 at 9:47 PM

and he is still better then Spitzer.

rob verdi on February 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Pressing question: Which one wins in the SNL skits?

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Who is the Republican / Conservative running for NY Governor?

Enoxo on February 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Titanic sinks. News at 10:00.

Dire Straits on February 24, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Leaning on a woman your aide beat up?

Time to resign, Dave.

JammieWearingFool on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Who is the Republican / Conservative RINO running for NY Governor?

Enoxo on February 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM

FIFY. Whatsa matta wit you–remember this is New York.

conservative pilgrim on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

He is a non-entity anyway. It has been over for him for a long time.

echosyst on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

“The superintendent of the State Police says a trooper did meet with the woman, but only to, er, give her “options” about proceeding with a legal case.”

Hmmm, practicing law without a license, maybe?

Dusty on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Where are Sharpton & Jackson’s indignant cries of racism?

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

So this is Patterson’s “troopergate” ?
Or not…too many contrasts

macncheez on February 24, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Leaning on a woman your aide beat up?

Time to resign, Dave.

JammieWearingFool on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

It’s not happening…no Democrat ever resigns just because he’s involved in a felony cover-up…it’s anti-democratic…what about the people!

AUINSC on February 24, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Ny and il both hemoraging tax payers and the productive class. The implosion will be enjoyed from afar. Sorry if you live in either one.

daesleeper on February 24, 2010 at 9:54 PM

INTIMIDATION…No one can make you feel inferior without your consent, but you’d be a fool to withhold that from your superiors.

Alden Pyle on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM

So Paterson turned a blind eye to domestic abuse?

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM

One minor detail they saved for tonight: If you believe Johnson’s latest victim, the State Police — and the governor himself — may have tried to cover things up.

I’m sorry, is this 1994 and we’re talking about Clinton or 2010 and we’re talking about another prominent Democrat, Patterson? Democrats never change. Paul’s right, if you want to eliminate crime, lock them all up.

classicaliberal on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Pft – in MA you can blow away your brother. Hold dealership employees at gunpoint while you try to steal a getaway car, point the gun at the police when they try to arrest you, and not even be booked at the say-so of the DA. And, as a reward, the DA gets sent to congress.

Or, you can rape your 2 yr old niece with a hot curling iron and not be prosecuted for 2 years so long as your union boss dad backs your bid for higher office.

This wouldn’t even register in MA.

TheBigOldDog on February 24, 2010 at 9:56 PM

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Yuck. That’s worse than Fred Armisen…

classicaliberal on February 24, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Just more twisted wreckage strewn across the political landscape……all aboard are feared lost.

dmann on February 24, 2010 at 9:56 PM

So Paterson turned a blind eye to domestic abuse?

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM

hahahahhahahhhhhaaaaaaaaahhhhaaaa

macncheez on February 24, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Who is the Republican / Conservative running for NY Governor?

Enoxo on February 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Rick Lazio. Which means Andrew Cuomo will be the next Governor of New York.

SoulGlo on February 24, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Patterson’s high level aide rose to his position from originally being a “driver”? Wonder what made him qualified for that quick career move? Oh, never mind, I figured it out now.

Hummer53 on February 24, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Titanic sinks. News at 10:00.

S.S. Minnow sinks. News at 10:00. Welcome to Gillibrand’ Island.

Kalifornia Kafir on February 24, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Ooopps…

Titanic sinks. News at 10:00.

S.S. Minnow sinks. News at 10:00. Welcome to Gillibrand’s Island.

Kalifornia Kafir on February 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM

What the aide did sounds oddly like what Bill Clinton did. What is it with democrats beating up on women literally and metaphorically?

SouthernGent on February 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM

TheBigOldDog on February 24, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Tis a great state (I know but) we live in….lets lift a glass to Whitey Bulger!

dmann on February 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I wonder what Harry Reids response is gonna be!!

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Rick Lazio. Which means Andrew Cuomo will be the next Governor of New York.

SoulGlo on February 24, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Maybe Cuomo will invade his personal comfort zone or some crap.

Chris_Balsz on February 24, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Wow, bet he didn’t see that comin.

Alden Pyle on February 24, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Ooopps…

Titanic sinks. News at 10:00.
S.S. Minnow sinks. News at 10:00. Welcome to Gillibrand’s Island.

Kalifornia Kafir on February 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Kalifornia Kafir: Dr.Moreaus Island of The ObamaVoterBots,
trying to perfect the Ultimate Liberal!!
I kid,haha!:)

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM

I wonder what Harry Reids response is gonna be!!

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Well, the top aide will be out of a job come 2011, so let’s just say he is in practice mode…
He’ll really open a can of whoop-ass after the election.

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM

S.S. Minnow sinks. News at 10:00. Welcome to Gillibrand’s Island.

Kalifornia Kafir on February 24, 2010 at 10:00 PM

You are right. I did set the bar too high there.

Dire Straits on February 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM

This calls for a Super Duper Speech,on teachable moments,
and another photo-op,beer summit,for HopeLess,er Hopey!!

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Where are Sharpton & Jackson’s indignant cries of racism?

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM

where are they to discredit this young woman….? Where are they to stand up for the “man of character”….er… I guess POTUS has probably withdrawn all the *special protection* from the GOV that he may have previously enjoyed in past times of *loyalty*.

He’s mincemeat.

ted c on February 24, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Well, the top aide will be out of a job come 2011, so let’s just say he is in practice mode…
He’ll really open a can of whoop-ass after the election.

OmahaConservative on February 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM

OmahaConservative:Oh boy,another tell-all-tale book coming
me thinks!!:)

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:09 PM

She told the police that Mr. Johnson, who is 6-foot-7, had choked her, stripped her of much of her clothing, smashed her against a mirrored dresser and taken two telephones from her to prevent her from calling for help, according to police records.

The woman was twice granted a temporary order of protection against Mr. Johnson, according to the proceedings in Family Court in the Bronx.

“I’m scared he’s going to come back,” she said, according to the proceedings, in which a court referee at the initial hearing noted bruises on the woman’s arm.

“I’m glad you’re doing this,” the woman told the referee, “because I thought it was going to be swept under the table because he’s like a government official, and I have problems even calling the police because the state troopers kept calling me and harassing me to drop the charges, and I wouldn’t.”
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It seems that Liberal men have a real problem with women!!

And this kind of attitude is no isolated incident!

I give you Barrack Obama,Exibit “A”!!

On the campaign trail,calling the women reporter,”SWEETY”!!
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“SWEETIES” OF OBAMA
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYgjDYCy0Ac

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Eliot Spitzer will personally search every cat house in Manhattan . . . to find . . . evidence.

Who knows where the trail will lead?

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 10:16 PM

So Paterson turned a blind eye to domestic abuse?

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM
hahahahhahahhhhhaaaaaaaaahhhhaaaa

macncheez on February 24, 2010 at 9:57 PM

macncheez:Oops,haha!:)

canopfor on February 24, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Oh no – “The biatch set him up???”

//

iam7545 on February 24, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Amazing what kind of dirt the NYT can dig up on Democrats who stand up to their Obama, huh?

ClassicCon on February 24, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Meh, business as usual in New York.

Sharke on February 24, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Y’know maybe I am starting to see bolshivek plots under every bed, but after Team O’s rather unsubtle hint that Patterson ought to drop from this race, this would seem to have classic Barack fingerprints all over it. Disturbing similiar to Mark Ryan’s bowing out leaving snowball’s chance in hell candidate Alan Keyes, incredibly smart man but so far right as to reside on the east side of Alpha
Centauri, in one of the most liberal states in the union. Keyes was a patsy, no two ways about it.

Obama does not in IMHO have the faintest respect for actual democratic elections as we have seen with Sestak’s assertion of an offer of Secy of the Navy. Or Alice Palmer’s disqualification from her candidacy against Obama in first successful race, arguably the first political ally to go under the bus.

There are more instances that I won’t bore you with. But as I keep trying remind those that think we’re going to waltz right over these Chicago Way thugs come ’10 & ’12, they need to reconsider the lengths these people are prepared to go.

If he’ll backstab Palmer, Wright, Patterson and others who are symbiotic in their ideology with him in such a ruthless manner, imagine the depths of perfidy he’ll embrace against those that he viscerally opposes.

All I’m saying is fasten your seat belts and take note of the emergency exits, we may experience severe turbulence going forward.

Jussayin!

Archimedes on February 25, 2010 at 12:12 AM

So Paterson turned a blind eye to domestic abuse?

NoDonkey on February 24, 2010 at 9:55 PM

I’m assuming this came from Joe Biden? :D

Mini-14 on February 25, 2010 at 12:15 AM

This guy is a Democrat? Couldn’t find it anywhere in the article. Name That Party!

munseym on February 25, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Bring. It. On. We have Sarahcuda.

Yea, though we walk through the Valley of Odumbo, we shall fear no evil for we are the meanest SOBs in the valley.

platypus on February 25, 2010 at 1:15 AM

He’s my Governor, and I still could care less, although blue eating blue is fun to watch. NY long ago succumbed to being a national joke–Louisiana on the Hudson I call us, although maybe that’s not being fair to Louisiana.

JiangxiDad on February 25, 2010 at 6:29 AM

I thought the NYT told him they were not doing a hit piece????

I am starting to root for this guy.

percysunshine on February 25, 2010 at 7:37 AM

So, he’s requested that Cuomo investigate. Surely by now the public sees this for what it is: page one in the Dem CYA handbook. Now all parties can say: “I can’t comment because the matter is under investigation”. (Think Charlie Rangel and the Ethics Committee)

Bigger question: Was the judge in on the scheme?
The woman tried to serve papers on Johnson for weeks or months. Unsuccessfully. FIrst, isn’t he a “public” servant? Does he show up at the guv’s office every day? Why not serve him there? Second: when the judge learned of his evasiveness, he asked Johnson’s attorney to accept the papers. The attorney refused. So what did the judge do? Nothing. Why didn’t he order Johnson to appear in his court? I think somebody got to him.

And, lastly. I’m sick of these scenarios where the head of the State Police becomes the sole spokesman and gets to say “I don’t know, I wasn’t there” (when his officer “visited” the woman). Just a case of plausible deniability. These people are paid by the public. Make the officer who visited her come forward and ask questions. Their games are getting as tiresome as they are predictable.

jeanneb on February 25, 2010 at 7:54 AM

How many people live in New York? And the Dems can only come up with these guys? At what point do the decent people of New York purge their ruling class?

archer52 on February 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM

the only question here is whether it’ll force him to resign early or whether he’ll ride this tide to a landslide defeat later this year.

I’m goin’ with Patterson riding it out. In a statement to be released later today, Patterson says “but he was such a great driver.”

BigAlSouth on February 25, 2010 at 8:21 AM

How many people live in New York? And the Dems can only come up with these guys? At what point do the decent people of New York purge their ruling class?

archer52 on February 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM

I think in a one-party state with little or no competition, you get crap. Competition is what gives Am. consumers such great products and services, and the same should apply to politicians. I don’t live in a red state, but I assume it can be a problem there too.

JiangxiDad on February 25, 2010 at 8:26 AM

When asked about it Gov. Patterson said “What;s the big deal, there’s nothing to see here. You want to see a stinking mess, look at New Jersey.”

rbj on February 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM

And that is exactly why it now appears in the NYT…so brave they are. And the biggest reason? He made Obama look bad once.

AUINSC on February 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Bingo.

Niere on February 25, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Looks to me like ol’ Patterson thought he had the NY Slimes scared enough to not release this story, yet the Slimes just held it a bit. Why is it these dem pols think they’ve got enough pull to prevent a major “news” organization running a damaging story? Because many of them HAVE been able to prevent or at least delay some pretty damaging stories.

Poor Patterson thought he was in that group, but it’s clear that he is not a part of that Obama gag the media gang. You almost gotta feel a bit sorry for the guy. He got the job just as the country fell all over itself to elect Obama and you just KNOW he figured since he’s got the D behind his name he’d ride the wave of looooooove and ignorance right along with the Chicago thugs. I’d love to know what, exactly, he did to piss ‘em off.

It had to be something pretty big, because he’s just about the only lib who doesn’t get a pass from the media. And you’d expect, since he’s African American, blind and a lib, that he’d be free and clear to do just about anything he wants! Isn’t that how the DNC takes care of its own?

Mad Mad Monica on February 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Bronx-style Governance. Awesomely awesome… he’s getting caught. He should be forced to resign for this!

Sultry Beauty on February 25, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Over at Ace there’s been tweets that he’s missing.

Coronagold on February 25, 2010 at 4:18 PM

All Patterson can do is say he didnt see any abuse.

/sarc

William Amos on February 25, 2010 at 5:15 PM