Paterson won't seek election
Governor David Paterson announces he will not run for election. Our political reporter Josh Robin has details on the governor's announcement and what that means for New York.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "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," said Governor David Paterson.
With that, the state's 55th governor said he would end what had already been a long shot bid for a full term. Facing a legal investigation, the Democrat abandoned his race. He says he wants to avoid what he called the politicization of upcoming budget negotiations, in which he and the legislature must bridge an $8-billion plus deficit.
"It's become increasingly clear to me over 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, the state needs a leader who can devote full time to that service," said Paterson.
Just a few days ago, Paterson defiantly vowed a fight to the end.
"Guess what Josh, you've only seen the first act, you haven't seen the grand finale," the governor said.
That finale was something he of course never wanted, a report he and the state police had contacted a woman who claimed she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of one of the governor's closest advisors. Paterson tapped state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate.
"But I give you this personal oath. I have never abused my office. Not now. Not ever. and I believe that when the facts are reviewed, the truth will prevail," said Paterson.
While lacking the same finality, Paterson's remarks were an eerie echo of another embarrassment for the state, announced in the same room almost exactly two years ago.
Eliot Spitzer of course resigned... leaving the former lieutenant governor in charge.