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NY Governor David Paterson to End Election Bid

Paterson The NY Daily News reports that NY Governor David Paterson will drop his election bid:

"Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his bid to seek reelection, a source close to the governor said Friday. Paterson will announce the decision later Friday. Paterson has been under fire for having contacted a woman who accused one of his top aides of domestic violence. The source said the governor has agreed not to seek election, but he will not resign - opting to serve out the remainder of his term."

And the NYT story that led to this decision, if you missed it.

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  1. Andy, thanks for calling this what it is: an end to an election bid. The main stream media is calling this an end to a RE-election bid. Patterson was never elected in the first place. He only did the best he could for a job he may never have wanted. We've been so critical of Patterson, but I think he did a fine job, given the mess in Albany that some call a State Legislature and the state of the economy, in general, when he took office.

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 26, 2010 12:36:23 PM

  2. This makes me feel very sad. I liked Governor Patterson. He was one of the few outspoken gay rights allies in politics. It's gotten to the point that everyone in politics is just screwed--they're either ineffectual (Democrats in Congress), evil (Sarah Palin), idiotic (Michelle Bachmann), disappointing (Obama), or scandal ridden (Edwards).

    Pattersongate seems sort of fishy to me. Perhaps he is corrupt and I just don't want to see it. But the way Diaz went after him recently and the Times seemed to be relishing in their uncovering of the scandal, I can't help but feel this was all a case of using the poor guy as a whipping boy.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 26, 2010 12:43:15 PM

  3. How long before Dickhead Diaz calls a presser to blame this all on teh homa-sek-shuls?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 26, 2010 1:13:24 PM

  4. That really sucks. I liked him as well.

    Posted by: Reynoldo | Feb 26, 2010 1:14:48 PM

  5. He has said himself that he did not want the job, he only ran hoping Hillary would win and he'd get her seat in the Senate. A job where he could do what he is good at, sit back and make deals in back rooms.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Feb 26, 2010 1:42:24 PM

  6. Well, the grand Poobahs got what they wanted.

    Next stop: Harold Ford jr, Senator New York State.

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Feb 26, 2010 2:10:06 PM

  7. This is a shame. He has been a real friend to our community.

    Posted by: charley | Feb 26, 2010 2:31:41 PM

  8. we know you live in NY, but most of us don't care. seriously.

    Posted by: eric | Feb 26, 2010 2:34:26 PM

  9. Eric, I'd care about news involving a gay-friendly governor in another state.

    Posted by: rafi | Feb 26, 2010 2:58:32 PM

  10. @Eric - actually a lot of us care.

    Sad to see him go. Hopefully another gay-rights candidate will step up.

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 26, 2010 3:11:19 PM

  11. Here is the way I see it.. He was at times ineffectual and did battle and came up with nothing but he was refreshing and new and bought about wonderful ideas for us and understood our plight and reasoned with people to understand. Yet due to his being ineffectual the Dems and our supreme leader Obama wanted him out and we all know it. He was pressured at every step and he knew that he was done long before this incident. Sadly they were just waiting for him to pull a screw-up like he did and he got the call.

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 27, 2010 8:04:21 AM

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