Friday, February 26, 2010

Paterson Out of Gubernatorial Primary

Several reports this morning indicate that Governor David Paterson, Democrat of New York, will withdraw from his party's primary for a full term in the position that he took over, when Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in 2008, after being implicated in a prostitution scandal. Paterson has a budding scandal of his own on his hands, amid allegations that his staff, and perhaps the governor himself, acted improperly in dealing with charges of domestic violence by one of Paterson's aides.

Some months ago, President Obama had failed to persuade Paterson to drop out. But the new scandal has apparently changed the governor's position.

That appears to set the stage for state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to take the Democratic nomination. Cuomo has not officially joined the race, but he has reportedly been considering making a run, and polls indicate that he can win the Democratic primary, and could have done so even if Paterson had remained a candidate.

Former Congressman Rick Lazio, who lost the 2000 Senate election to Hillary Clinton, appears to be the frontrunner in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

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