Just In: Paterson Will Not Seek Reelection


paterson1Breaking News: The many calls for Gov. David Paterson to drop his plans for reelection have been answered. Sources say that that Paterson will announce his decision to suspend his reelection bid today. The governor will make the announcement apparently during a news conference later today.

The decision clears the way for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is the favorite of many Democrats, to seek the nomination unimpeded.

As reported here earlier today, calls for Paterson to abandon his election bid mounted Thursday as the state attorney general announced he would investigate whether the administration or state police committed a crime in talking to a woman who had filed a domestic violence report against a top aide to the governor.

Paterson’s top criminal justice Cabinet member resigned Thursday over the burgeoning scandal, saying conduct by the state police was “distressing” for an administration that has devoted itself to reducing domestic violence.

Elected officials and other candidates for office clamored for Paterson to end his campaign – formally launched just five days ago – as the turmoil mushroomed around longtime adviser David Johnson. A police report detailed in The New York Times discusses a confrontation between Johnson and a woman over her Halloween costume.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}