David Paterson withdraws from governor’s race

Via the NY Daily News:

A scandal-scarred Gov. Paterson formally ended his short-lived election campaign Friday afternoon.

Paterson, under investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for contacting a woman who accused one of his top aides of domestic violence, made the announcement at his Manhattan office with his wife, Michelle, at his side.

“I am being realistic about politics,” he said. “It hasn’t been the latest distraction, it’s been an accumulation of obstacles that has obfuscated me from bringing my message to the public.

“There are times in politics when you have to know not to strive for service, but to step back – and that moment has come for me,” Paterson said. “Today, I am announcing that I am ending my campaign for governor of the state of New York.”

“It has become increasingly clear to me in the last few days that I cannot run for office and try to manage the state’s business at the same time. And right now, New York state needs a leader who can devote full time to this service.”

Paterson said he looks forward to the conclusion of Cuomo’s investigation. Holding his right hand up, Paterson said: “I give you this personal oath. I have never abused my office. Not now. Not ever.”

Well, the New York media and the WH have gotten what they wanted. The Obama admin has been pressuring Paterson for months behind the scenes not to run for re-election, and the New York media – especially the NYT – have been publishing one negative article after another about the Governor. Not that he’s a politico anyone should feel sorry for, considering his routine race-card playing and just a general bad running of the state, which was reflected in his low ratings.

Michelle Malkin adds:

Call it Patrick Gaspard’s revenge. Recall how Obama’s top White House domestic policy aide — the ACORN/WFP/SEIU “air traffic controller” — intervened in NY-23, has kept his till in the NY politics pot, and made the unpopular Paterson a target to pave the path for Cuomo.

Behold the persuasion of power.


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