Word has it that President Barack Obama has encouraged Governor David Paterson to drop out of next year’s race for New York State governor and is favoring Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the position. All of the above mentioned parties were present at a small community college yesterday in Troy, NY, where the air between Obama and Paterson was described as “awkward.”
Paterson’s approval rating is hovering around 20 percent, with many Democrats worried that a run by Paterson will hurt Democratic chances against a possible run by the Republican ex-mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani.
Paterson stepped up to the governor’s seat from his position as lieutenant governor after his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, resigned in March of 2008, in the midst of a scandal involving a call girl. Paterson went a step further in exercising his gubernatorial powers today by appointing a lieutenant governor in the person of Richard Ravitch. The appointment was made possible through a court of appeals affirmation that came in just today.
If in fact it is President Obama’s wish that Andrew Cuomo be the only Democrat on the ticket in the race for NYS governor next November, there has been further speculation that Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who is moving into the November mayoral election unopposed, would be a viable choice for Cuomo’s lieutenant governor.
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