NY Post: Paterson withdrawing from governor’s race

posted at 10:55 am on February 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Did the latest scandal revelation surrounding New York Governor David Paterson push him to retire?  According to the New York Post this morning, Paterson will announce his withdrawal from the primary fight to keep his office:

Gov. David Paterson has decided not to seek election to a full term amid a roiling scandal over whether he and his troopers intimidated a woman who’d reported domestic violence against one of his top aides, The Post has learned.

Paterson has communicated to top advisers and supporters that he will pull the plug on his campaign today, multiple sources said — confirming a Post report.

He’s expected to make a statement at between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today.

According to the Post’s sources, Paterson won’t resign from office, but his political career is over, at least for the foreseeable future.  That leaves Andrew Cuomo as the only significant Democrat running for the top job, and it allows Democrats to focus funds elsewhere.  Paterson stood little chance of defeating Cuomo in the primary anyway, but the fight would have forced Cuomo to spend funds he could better use in the general election.

If the story is true, though, it deserves a full investigation.  That kind of abuse of power hearkens back to Watergate and the Nixon era.  Paterson’s resignation should not be the end of the story. (via Jim Geraghty)


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Horses head arrived in the middle of the night from the Ballerina!

dhunter on February 26, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Didn’t see that coming.

cntrlfrk on February 26, 2010 at 10:57 AM

at least for the foreseeable future

That’s cold, Ed.

Abby Adams on February 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

If he did what is alleged, it’s bad. Is it worse than the tricks Obama and Congress pull? No.

Oink on February 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Guess he saw no chance of winning.

Cicero43 on February 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Will he be moving to a new closet?

bloggless on February 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM

what’s a little scandal? Bill Clinton, anyone? 2 terms.

this has Rahm written all over it. make book on it.

kelley in virginia on February 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I’m going to be stuck with another Gov. Cuomo. Rick Lazio isn’t a strong enough candidate to knock him off.

NY GOP is missing a huge opportunity this election cycle.

IrishGirl17 on February 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

I guess he has seen the light.

bloggless on February 26, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Good for him. Most dems have to be dragged away kicking and screaming after a scandal.

carbon_footprint on February 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM

career is over, at least for the foreseeable future.

Ed, I thought you were above this.

carbon_footprint on February 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Now he can move away and not be so close to the garbage can CALLED NEW JERSEY!

/Armisan

Abby Adams on February 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

According to the Post’s sources, Paterson won’t resign from office, but his political career is over, at least for the foreseeable future.

pun intended?

ted c on February 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM


Gov. David Paterson has decided not to seek election to a full term amid a roiling scandal over whether he and his troopers intimidated a woman who’d reported domestic violence against one of his top aides, The Post has learned.

That never stopped Bill Klintoon.

Tony737 on February 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Democrats behaving like……well, Democrats.

ted c on February 26, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Wooohooo!
Paterson/Jones ticket 2012!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Maybe he couldn’t see any way he could win re-election.

mwdiver on February 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I guess he eyeballed his chances of winning and couldn’t see a scenario where he won. Next stop, guest appearance on The Jersey Shore!

rbj on February 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM

What’s the difference between a pile of crap and the state of New Jersey? … Absolutely NOTHING!

/Armisan

Abby Adams on February 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM

If the story is true, though, it deserves a full investigation. That kind of abuse of power hearkens back to Watergate and the Nixon era.

No it doesn’t. Paterson’s a Democrat.

john bono on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Maybe it’s time for Rudy to run.

MrLynn on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Wife beaters hardest hit…

the_nile on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

It’s too bad. At least “honest” Andy Cuomo can take over the reigns his father Mario gave up. Paterson was the only politician standing in his way.

Not too bad. When the NYSAG can do in his opponent with a few selective leaks to the press it is old news in NYS. Maybe Spitzer can run for AG again.

kanda on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

The new, improved ACORN organization needs a leader with clear political vision.
So easy, even a blind man can do it. (snort)

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 11:08 AM

“You lookin’ at me?”

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Unprecedented and totally unexpected. (not)

Crusader Rabbit on February 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM

See, this is why politics is such a dirty game.

If you have a totally imcompentent and absolutely lousy leader who just happens to have a physical handicap, if you trash them, even if they are richly deserving of it, it makes you look insensitive and they in turn can play the sympathy/victim card to their advantage.

pilamaye on February 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Is it too late for Rudy to jump in?

cs89 on February 26, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Gee, what can you say?

He was such a … uh …
Thanks to him, NY is now … um …
As governor, he was noted for his … er …

Gee, what can you say? Goodbye? Watch your step on the way out?

Rod on February 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I guess he finally made a decision. He’d rather be sleezy and disgusting than actually make something of himself. He can probably make more money this way. So, what do they replace him with? Andrew Como. Same kind of guy, just not so blantant. He will get caught, too.

BetseyRoss on February 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

As Readers Digest used to say; “Laughter is the best medicine”.
If there were more laughter today, we wouldn’t need any stinkin healthcare bill.
These people are riots!

Cybergeezer on February 26, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Wife beaters hardest hit…

the_nile on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Maybe Dingy Dirty Dumb Harry was right and those unemployed New Yorkers are using their wives for punchin bags. Harry should run for Pattersons’ seat since come Nov he’ll become a wife beater otherwise.

dhunter on February 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I don’t get it. (actually I do).

A blind black Governor, who at most asked a State Trooper to see if she can get a woman to drop domestic abuse charges is shoved off the cliff.

A rich corrupt black Congressman, lies, cheats on his taxes, takes improper gifts (bribes) and many other things with no challenge to his standing?

Terrible.

barnone on February 26, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Anybody know who the Rep. will be to challenge?

ohiobabe on February 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM

David Patterson hears the coming footsteps and wisely chose to get out of the way. Mario Cuomo II (aka ‘Andrew’) will certainly take the Brass Ring and run The Empire State in much the same manner his daddy did. Look for many, many shining examples of upper Hudson and Manhattan elitists to spin the already overwhelming tax rates even higher.

Will the last sane person leaving New York State please lock the inmates inside?

SeniorD on February 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Good. Now he could beatoff in public in peace.

LtE126 on February 26, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Maybe there is more. He’s a dem, of course there is more.

bloggless on February 26, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Rod on February 26, 2010 at 11:16 AM

He was known for his vision of the future?

I am sorry as I am typing it. But I did just defend him in my previous post!

barnone on February 26, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Wanted: New York Governor. Part time help only need apply. Not to be considered long term employment.

Hog Wild on February 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Cuomo needed this one over and done with as quickly as possible, and my guess is the last thing the Democrats want is an investigation, at least until after November.

I’m betting Paterson got some kind of quid for his quo; he’ll wash up in some well-paid sinecure somewhere.

JEM on February 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Hm, so the call them “racists” didn’t work?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/22/nyregion/22paterson.html

Well, how unexpected.

Doorgunner on February 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Well in hindsight…oops. I did it too didn’t I? Well, he should have seen this com…I did it again.

Amendment X on February 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

john bono on February 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

+1
The press will pursue the allegations with the same zeal as they did with the similar Troopergate charges against Sarah Palin. /sarc

KS Rex on February 26, 2010 at 11:26 AM

If Paterson broke a law, he should resign from office, or be removed. If his only concession is not to run again, then I assume somebody who really likes Cuomo leaked this to The New York Times and Paterson already knew what was wanted from him.

Emperor Norton on February 26, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I’m certain that Mario Cuomo gave Andrew valuable tips on collecting bribes and skimming the cream off the budget and which closets are best in which to hide skeletons. He will make a fine typical NY Governor. If Rudy doesn’t run, I don’t see any Republican I’d bet on to beat the Cuomo brat.

SKYFOX on February 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Hm, so the call them “racists” didn’t work?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/22/nyregion/22paterson.html

Well, how unexpected.

Doorgunner on February 26, 2010 at 11:25 AM

That right there should have been in the headline for this post. The man should issue an apology. But it’s doubtful he will.

Slightly OT, when is Rangel going to step down?

scalleywag on February 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM

So it’s Cuomo and Gillibrand 2010 what could go wrong?


Ex-Bush Adviser Eyes Run Against Sen. Gillibrand in New York

Dr Evil on February 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is governor.

NoDonkey on February 26, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I blame the NYT as much as Rahm…

d1carter on February 26, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Which Czar post is currently unoccupied, or is there a new one coming?

Vashta.Nerada on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

It will be interesting to see how a conservative Republican would do against the dems.this election.I guess it depends on how fed up nyorkers are with how their state is being handled.

ohiobabe on February 26, 2010 at 11:50 AM

They have been hinting about this story forever but I did not expect this. How does a human help someone escape justice for abuse and I don’t care if you are a politician or not. And the subordinates who ran interference, did they know what they were helping to cover up?

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Charlie Crist, call your office.

OhioCoastie on February 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM

breaking New Post Obama Appoints SEIU Union Boss Andy Stern to Deficit Commission http://tiny.cc/ulCsm

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on February 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM

His chances were nil for months.

Time to end the charade.

AnninCA on February 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Gov. David Paterson has decided not to seek election to a full term amid a roiling scandal over whether he and his troopers intimidated a woman who’d reported domestic violence against one of his top aides, The Post has learned.

The NAACP Image Award winner for 2011??

TN Mom on February 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM

About time he gave in to reality. Pack it up, Paterson, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Dark-Star on February 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Good, now let’s get a good conservative in that office!

SgtRed on February 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM

This smells like a plea bargain of some kind. It wouldn’t look too good for Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of the State of New York, to prosecute someone whose job he wants.

Emperor Norton on February 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I guess he couldn’t see any other way.

TheBigOldDog on February 26, 2010 at 12:15 PM

This smells like a plea bargain of some kind. It wouldn’t look too good for Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of the State of New York, to prosecute someone whose job he wants.

Emperor Norton on February 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I guess Patterson and Cuomo saw eye-to-eye on this one.

TheBigOldDog on February 26, 2010 at 12:17 PM

This smells like a plea bargain of some kind. It wouldn’t look too good for Andrew Cuomo, the Attorney General of the State of New York, to prosecute someone whose job he wants.

Emperor Norton on February 26, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I think you meant to say, “It looks like a plea bargain of some kind.”

TheBigOldDog on February 26, 2010 at 12:18 PM

His chances were nil for months.

Time to end the charade.

AnninCA on February 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Certainly looks like he took the blindfold off…

TheBigOldDog on February 26, 2010 at 12:19 PM

They have been hinting about this story forever but I did not expect this. How does a human help someone escape justice for abuse and I don’t care if you are a politician or not. And the subordinates who ran interference, did they know what they were helping to cover up?

Cindy Munford on February 26, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I hate to sound harsh, but here in the Northeast, justice comes down to who you know and it’s been that way for over a half century.

Just look at Amy Bishop, the crazy professor who called 3 other professors in Alabama. She killed her brother, held dealership workers at gun point while trying to steal a car to get away, aimed her shotgun at police and was never even booked because her mother was a connected person. We sent the DA in that case, William Delahunt, to Congress. Then years later she sent a pipe bomb to a Harvard Professor who gave her a bad review. Again, nothing happened. If that’s not bad enough, she also assaulted a mother at IHOP because she got the last booster seat.

Look at the cop who raped his 2 yr old niece with a hot curling iron who martha Coakley refused to prosecute because his father was a powerful Democrat union boss who raised money and votes for the party.

There is NO JUSTICE in the Northeast.

TheBigOldDog on February 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM

NY Post: Paterson withdrawing from governor’s race

didn’t see that coming!
I kid I kid

FontanaConservative on February 26, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I wonder how long before Hillary resigns to make a run for it? Yet, New York is such a mess, would she want it?

irishspy on February 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM

If the story is true, though, it deserves a full investigation. That kind of abuse of power hearkens back to Watergate and the Nixon era. Paterson’s resignation should not be the end of the story. (via Jim Geraghty)

No — it harkens back to Jennifer Flowers and the Clinton era.

unclesmrgol on February 26, 2010 at 3:37 PM

This fits Barry’s mode of operation to a tee. He got rid of his opponents when he ran for state senator and again when he ran for the U.S. Senate.

Captain America on February 26, 2010 at 4:03 PM