Less than a week after New York Gov. David Paterson formally announced his candidacy for governor, he called a press conference to declare an end to his campaign. Paterson halted his campaign for election amid eroding support from his own Democrat party and an uproar over his administration’s intervention in a domestic violence case involving a close aide.
Gov. Paterson, 55, was sworn into office in March 2008 after his predecessor, Democrat Eliot Spitzer, resigned amid a prostitution scandal. Political watchers will remember that as far back as September President Barack Obama, stepped in and made clear his objections to a then-defiant Paterson running for the seat
Even as the Paterson was announcing the termination of his campaign, new calls emerged for him to resign, amid a criminal investigation by the office of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Thickening the machination-laced stew is the fact that state Democrats have been moving to anoint Cuomo, who has been quietly preparing his own campaign for governor, as their candidate.
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