For a year, the Democrats have done all they could to get David Paterson to go under the bus. They have attacked him anonymously and on the record. They have used Barack Obama to drive the bus up to New York. They've done everything.Finally, finally, they called in the reinforcements at the New York Times to run daily hit pieces and keep scandal stories going and going and going. Paterson has had enough. He will not seek re-election.
Gov. David Paterson has told Democratic leaders that he won't 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 communicated his intentions to top advisers and supporters, saying he'll make an announcement today, multiple sources said -- confirming a Post report.Paterson, who took over the state's top spot when Eliot Spitzer resigned after it was disclosed that he had sex with a prostitute, is expected to say he won't resign.
Yes, to make things delightful for the Democrats, Paterson is refusing to step aside now. His governance of the state has repeatedly been called into question by the Democrats. They don't like him. But like the crazy uncle who insists on showing up at every family reunion, Paterson is going to keep showing up to veto, threaten, and misgovern.The race may finally come down to Andrew Cuomo and Rick Lazio, but Paterson will be the donkey in the room everyone on the left pretends not to see. Oh the irony.