March 4th, 2010
06:36 PM ET
4 years ago

Top Paterson aide quits

A top aide to Gov. David Paterson resigned Thursday.
A top aide to Gov. David Paterson resigned Thursday.

(CNN) – A top aide to embattled New York Gov. David Paterson has resigned his post.

Peter Kauffmann, Paterson's communications director for over a year, said in a statement, "I cannot in good conscience continue in my current position."

Kauffmann's resignation comes a day after New York's Commission on Public Integrity charged Paterson with an ethics violation for accepting free tickets to the first game of last year's World Series. The commission also said Paterson lied under oath about intending to pay for the tickets.

The governor, appointed after ex-Gov. Elliot Spitzer resigned in March 2008, announced last week he was forgoing a bid for his own term after media reports alleged he was involved in pressuring a woman to drop a domestic violence charge against an aide.

"I have been honored to serve the people of New York during a difficult time in our state's history. As a former officer in the United States Navy, integrity and commitment to public service are values I take seriously," Kauffmann also said in the statement.

Kauffman, a former consultant with the Washington, D.C.-based Glover Park Group, signed on with Paterson in February 2009 after the governor was criticized over his handling of the state's vacant Senate seat.

– CNN's Mary Snow contributed to this report


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  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Eeny, meeny, miney, moe ...

    March 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Michael Bindner

    Excuse me, but in most places the governor of the state already gets free tickets or has a box sponsored by the state government. This is trivial and should be treated as such. Now, obstructing justice in the sexual harrassment case would be beyond the pale, but first it must be proven.

    March 4, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Why is it ok to plaster members of Congress with millions of dollars in bribes, which effects us through legislation, but not governors with baseball tickets? Forgive me, but this just struck me as a little silly.

    March 4, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. rita

    I am happy to see all of these resignations surrounding this governor. I believe that this resignation makes three in the last week. A full frontal show of integrity is rarely on display in politics and these actions by these people make me a tad less cynical about politics in general. These people should run for the New York legislature where no integrity currently exists. Ooops! My cynicism is back!

    March 4, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. RNC is Evil

    It's a crying shame how the media has destroyed this governor.

    March 4, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. valwayne

    It was brave of Gov Patterson to hang in their when he knew the White House wanted him out! I wonder if he was prepared for how far they would go?

    March 4, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Angie in PA

    As a Native New Yorker born and raised this is quite embarressing for my home state the Gov should step down but i am curious who is doing the witch hunting?

    March 4, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Read the Constitution

    Dem = scandel!
    But you know what....repub = scandel too! When will america learn that we have to take the power away from the corrupt people who run govt.

    How, make federal govt as small as possible, and then do the same to state govt. Make politics as local as possible, so we can watch them. This is the problem with big govt. I mean, NY has now beat us (illinois) in scandels!

    March 4, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. EBC

    WHY are we even surprised at this point? Is anyone is this blog surprised? Really? Enough said.

    March 4, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Ramses

    Oh man, now it is Democrats turn. Every time I switch from a scandulous , troubled party to a new party , the new party gets into trouble. Now I know it makes no difference whether I vote or not. I am going to become a Hermit & will start living in Woods. Enough is enough.

    March 4, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. S Callahan

    This is so sad...credible people 'running' from the ship before it sinks.
    Just let Patterson finish out his term....that is what the polls said the NYS public wants. Politics is like toliet water..always flushing...

    March 4, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Jayden,FL

    Now its time for Paterson to quit

    March 4, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Gary

    Yes resign Patterson and Charlie Rangel and Tim Gietner and Chris Dodd...those are 4 corrupt dudes!

    March 4, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Angus McDugan

    Be careful who you vote for. Even though he assumed a vacated seat, he was voted into a position that allowed this to happen.

    Please stop the political correctness and vote for who is best for the job!!

    March 4, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    He is going to wake up in the Mansion one morning and even his wife would be gone leaving him all alone to run New York.

    March 4, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Obama Victim

    rats off the Titanic???

    March 4, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. Free Thinker

    The rats are leaving the ship. Can't wait for November!

    March 4, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Read the Constitution

    Snifit your posts are constantly insane. Crying wolf about racism clouds actual racism that persists. I think the biggest "racists" are those that make poor black kids go to terrible schools in the inner city. REPUBLICANS would allow kids to have vouchers to escape. then again, we aren't in bed with teacher unions.

    March 4, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Wake Up

    Snifit- is Congressman Mass black? Oh no, he's just corrupt like most dems. AND HE ISN'T BLACK. Go back to your moms basement and turn on a video game.

    Ha, see the article where Obama appointed a dem on the fence of the health care bill to an appellate judge position?? We don't oppose Obama because what he is racially...we despise him because he's a crook and a fraud and wants to spend us into oblivion!

    I'M SICK OF SUPPORTING THE LAZY AND UNWILLING.

    March 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Paterson will resign and is political career will be over and he knows it. He's probably hoping for a miracle of some kind to save him and who knows, he might just get one.

    March 4, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Dean

    As long as the average voter thinks that these problems are 'party' related, they will continue. Stop voting parties! Stop viewing one party as good and another evil. These are all supposed to be public servants, and the parties are promoting unethical people who are 'electable'. Let's start making the *parties* pay for their hubris, not just the individual politicians. Look at, and vote for, 3rd party candidates.

    March 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Ben

    Sniffit – "When will the GOP and their hatred of minoritys stop causing such pain?"

    When will Sniffit stop blaming the GOP for all our country's problems? Probably never. It's always easier to blame the other guy that to take any personal responsibility. If Paterson had a shred of personal integrity he'd resign now.

    March 4, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Jim

    I never thought Paterson was God's gift to politics but it is quite startling to view the ferocity of his public character assassination.

    Especially since it seems to come from his own party.

    March 4, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Eric

    I've read 3 articles on Patterson now from left leaning media outlets. And "surprisingly" in every single one the do not mention that Patterson is a democrat. How typical.

    If it were a republican gov. facing these problems they would have slapped the lable "Republican" as big as they could across the title of the article.

    Just your usual media bias. Even when dems screw up, they try to hide the fact that their dems.

    March 4, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Mark Avery

    What an evil, corrupt monster! He accepted free tickets to a ball game? How dare he?! And his aide (not him) is accused of domestic abuse?! This is outrageous and I am in shock that such devious activity! Doesn't he know that getting free tickets to a ball game is a felony??!! Throw the bum out!

    March 4, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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