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NY Governor Paterson Admits to Affair Hours After Swearing In

Just hours after being sworn in yesterday, both New York Governor David Paterson and his wife Michelle made the wise move of admitting to extramarital affairs before others could reveal their secrets.

Paterson"In the course of several interviews in the past few days, Paterson said he maintained a relationship for two or three years with 'a woman other than my wife,' beginning in 1999. As part of that relationship, Paterson said, he and the other woman sometimes stayed at an upper West Side hotel — the Days Inn at Broadway and W. 94th St. He said members of his Albany legislative staff often used the same hotel when they visit the city. 'This was a marriage that appeared to be going sour at one point,' Paterson conceded in his first interview Saturday. 'But I went to counseling and we decided we wanted to make it work. Michelle is well aware of what went on.' In a second interview with Paterson and his wife Monday, only hours after he was sworn in to replace scandal-scarred Eliot Spitzer, Michelle Paterson confirmed her husband's account. 'Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods,' Michelle Paterson said. 'What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out.' The First Couple agreed to speak publicly about the difficulties in their marriage in response to a variety of rumors about Paterson's personal life that have been circulating in Albany and among the press corps in recent days."

Ah yes, marriage, that sacred institution. God forbid the gays get it, because it might be disrespected.

Gov. Paterson admits to sex with other woman for years [ny daily news]

AFTER THE JUMP, footage from Paterson's fairly entertaining swearing-in ceremony.

(via shakesville)

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  1. He should hold a "major speech" on race, religion, handicap and screwing around.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 18, 2008 8:47:40 AM

  2. "NY Governor Paterson Admits to Affair Hours After Swearing In"

    God damn he works fast! That's almost Clintonian speed.

    Posted by: tjc | Mar 18, 2008 9:10:09 AM

  3. You're damned right! I am sick of the conservatives attacking gay/lesbian people who are pushing for marriage and never utter a word about these garden-variety heterosexual adulterers. Their numbers are legion, and I am sick of it!

    Posted by: Rhea | Mar 18, 2008 9:12:26 AM

  4. Rhea: He's a liberal; if you think conservatives won't say a word about his adultery, you're mistaken. I am not aware of Paterson ever moralizing about the sanctity of marriage. On the contrary, he's a proponent of gay rights who is likely to be very helpful in getting gay marriage on the right track in NY. I think what he did was very forthcoming—he knew the media, now feeling freer than ever thanks to Spitzer's failing, was going to publish rumors so he presented them with the facts. This guy is great. Honesty and self-effacing humor are admirable traits. As for cheating on your spouse...who cares? That should be, along with marriage, a "who cares?"/"live and let live" issue, and it should apply to straight people as well as gay people. As long as the public figure is not living in a way that is the opposite of how he or she is speaking, I see no reason why it's relevant. More power to him.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Mar 18, 2008 9:18:25 AM

  5. I'm also torn between whether this is an awesome development or a tragic one. I'd like to see what Dan Savage has to say about it.

    Awesome: People will start to realize we're all just people, and stop holding elected officials to impossibly high standards of morality and legal private, personal conduct that most of the public themselves don't reach or even strive for. Or at least stop holding just the Dems to the higher standard.

    Tragic: The public will start holding elected officials to an even higher standard of private, legal activity than they already do, and any little transgression will be met with calls for pitchforks and torches. But only against Dems.

    Posted by: tjc | Mar 18, 2008 9:22:10 AM

  6. So what? Except in a few screwed up areas of the country, it's not illegal to cheat. You just can't pay for sex (albeit, with cash). Plane rides, expensive dinners, free room and board, and a New York show, even if it costs thousands, is perfectly fine.

    Matthew R has it right.

    Posted by: David | Mar 18, 2008 9:26:52 AM

  7. Matthew -- while _I_ fully agree with you that how a couple deals with their marriage should be solely up to the couple involved, lots of people -- especially tabloid editors and headline writers -- think personal details of public officials' lives are fair game.
    I think those details are only fair game, like you said, IFF they're different from what they preach. Hypocrisy needs sunshine. Legal, consensual sex does not.

    Posted by: tjc | Mar 18, 2008 9:29:21 AM

  8. I find it pathetic that this is even a topic for conversation. PS, how many more dead in Iraq? PPS, how big is the NYS deficit? Bread and circuses; problem is that the bread is running out/double the price from last year. The fact that Patterson had to address this sickens me.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 18, 2008 12:32:43 PM

  9. Are we sure he's a black American, he looks white to me.

    Posted by: John | Mar 18, 2008 12:45:19 PM

  10. Gee, I misread it. I thought he began the affair just hours after being sworn in, and was now admitting it.

    Those crazy heterosexuals!

    Posted by: David D. | Mar 18, 2008 12:58:21 PM

  11. VERY smart move.

    He just took the power away from the jackals that were foaming at the mouth to take him down too.

    This is the same power that gay people get when they come out on their own terms instead of living in the closet and leaving themselves at the mercy of others who would use the information to do harm.

    I wish more politicians in BOTH parties would take this step. Unfortunately, the puritanical mindset of Americans outside of the north east, would make it political suicide.

    Americans like their politicians to be PUBLICLY honest and upright, not REALLY honest and upright.

    I always have more problem with the hypocrisy of these candidates than I do with the transgression itself. That includes the hypocrisy of AG come Gov. Spitzer.

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 18, 2008 5:01:24 PM

  12. Spitzer and Paterson are totally hot, Nutella would take an out-of-wedlock pounding from both of them at the same time.

    Posted by: Nutella | Mar 20, 2008 5:54:04 PM

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