March 18th, 2010
02:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Paterson: I was the NYT source

 New York Gov. David Paterson said Thursday he was the source of information for the story that led to an ethics investigation and the departure of five top members of his administration.
New York Gov. David Paterson said Thursday he was the source of information for the story that led to an ethics investigation and the departure of five top members of his administration.

New York (CNN) – New York Gov. David Paterson said he was the source of information for the story that led to an ethics investigation and the departure of five top members of his administration.

While appearing on WOR radio in New York this morning, Paterson told talk show host John Gambling that he was the person who informed the press that he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.

In an awkward exchange filled with moments of uncomfortable silence, Gambling said the situation "might not have come out if we didn't have the press write the story about this, right?" Paterson responded, "No, that's actually not true, that's actually not true."

After a few seconds of silence, Gambling asked, "Ummm, why?" Paterson said, "Uh, well, I don't want to go into it but the person who informed others that there was such a conversation was me." Sounding surprised, Gambling asked, "You informed the news?" The governor said, "Correct. That's all I'm going to say about it. And it's not my surmise. It's an actual fact. But the individual who first made it clear that there had been a conversation was myself."

Paterson was referring to a conversation that took place with Sherr-una Booker, the woman who filed for an order of protection against David Johnson alleging that he assaulted her on Halloween. Booker failed to appear in court when a judge was scheduled to hear the request.

Paterson would not give more details about the conversation citing the ongoing investigation.

This contradicts earlier remarks from Paterson that the story was based on un-sourced claims and information from unnamed sources.

Paterson's press secretary and acting communications director, Marissa Shorenstein, resigned on Wednesday. In a written statement, Shorenstein implied that she was misled about the case.

"Throughout my career, I have performed my duties professionally and with integrity, basing my actions on what I believed to be true at the time," she said in the statement. "I therefore tender my resignation as press secretary to the governor."

Paterson defended Shorenstein on WOR radio. "Marissa Shorenstein is someone I've known for a number of years, someone I consider a friend outside of government," Paterson said, "and the problem right now is that both of us are being questioned by an investigation and we're not supposed to talk to each other. So it's very hard to have a communications director when you can't communicate with them. And so we just thought that... she just thought that this would be the best way to address it for the time being and I support her completely. And everything she said was exactly accurate."

The New York Times reported that Shorenstein was asked to call Booker after she failed to appear in court and request that Booker describe the incident with Johnson as being non-violent.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Leave Him Alone

    I don't think Gov. Paterson has done anything illegal or ethically wrong. Come on. This is the guy who confessed about infidelity when he didn't have to. If he wanted to get some other stuff off of his chest, he would've done it then.

    March 18, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Lets all call Limbaugh and crash his computor system

    He wasnt doing anything Limbaugh doesnt do everyday.Limbaugh tells more half truths and lies,its a wonder he doesnt need a wheelbarrow to carry his nose.

    March 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Willy Brown

    Hang in there Gov. Paterson. Don't let Barry and his chi-town thugs run you off.

    March 18, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Walter

    Hmmmm. I assume that the NYT is in a position to either confirm or deny this.

    March 18, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Jack in Des Moines

    For the love of God, won't somebody get this train wreck off of the tracks!!

    March 18, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Dumb enough to dime himself out, dumb enough to keep talking about it when any well-advised potential defendant would have clammed up long ago. Too dumb even for New York.

    March 18, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    David is telling the truth.Rush Limbaugh is double dosing today,lying faster than a used car salesman at a flood sale.hahaha

    March 18, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Yes, these loony lib Dems can be trusted completely. That is why we should give all of our money and liberty to Obama. He knows what is best for each of us. MMMmmmMMM

    March 18, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Is it me?

    Or does Patterson look like the love-child of Sidney Poitier and Mel Brooks?

    March 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Doug,lib jersey

    Patterson has commited a hate crime, he has dared to be honest. Libs hate honest people like Rush Limbaugh, Obama and his bots like crash demand that all libs only tell lies and wish death to every American who doesn't march in lock step to their national socialism.

    March 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. cleanupnynow

    David Paterson might or might not be the source. But what we surely do know is that David Paterson is his own worst enemy. We also know that David Paterson and his crew do not know how to, nor deserve to govern.

    David Paterson and his crew’s incompetent and wanton ways is evident in the “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report”, an eyewitness account of Paterson's DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature.

    Paterson's Senate Minority Leader's office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, set against a backdrop of general CHAOS – in other words the office was a ZOO. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, would hang out with staff, often coming in the office with a hangover, and should be fired.

    Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was hand picked by David Paterson to head the Division of Minority & Women Owned Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation.

    March 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Ed

    What is it with these NY state politicians? First Rangle, then Massa and now Patterson? They just don't know when to quit, how to go away quietly. They simply cannot walk away from the limelight without fanning the flame even brighter. This is the stuff of Shakespear and Greek tragedies.

    It troubles me they are all Democrats. Reublicans have had their share (Craig, the FL Member) so neither party is pure. It just is bad timing for Democrats in this election cycle.

    March 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Resign, already!

    March 18, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    New York is hard on everyone.The big apple is a wonderful place to live though,better than bugtussle,Alabama or S.C.

    March 18, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. concerned on the OR coast

    For all those saying Paterson is the same as Limbaugh...

    Paterson is an elected official!! Limbaugh is just a talking head. Absolutely no comparison whatsoever.

    March 18, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. pat in michigan

    well ...he is a politician and if your gonna lie LIE BIG!so many lies out there about him anyway why not jump on the bandwagon and steer it out of town on fire!

    March 18, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Laverne

    How in the world can anyone continue to defend Mr. Patterson when every other day there's a new scandal surrounding him? I just wish he stop embarrassing himself, his family and the state of NY, Mr. Spitzer already have enough.

    March 18, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. Mark

    SO, why is this loser still in office. We long for the days when Pataki was our governor.

    March 18, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. T'SAH from Virginia

    @Leave Him Alone – You're right!!! They should LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!

    March 18, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. strong

    Patterson has to realize that nobody is listening anymore and nobody cares. The news is just like a loaf of bread - it gets stale fast ! And Patterson is way past his expiry date.

    Say goodbye Pattie. Yo' outta here.

    March 18, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It appears Paterson is committing purgery against himself as a means to be fired, rather than quit.

    March 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Don't ask but I'll tell ya anyway

    OMG...he does resemble Mel Brooks!

    March 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Tim, Wilmington, DE

    For the love of God, Paterson, resign. Get out now with whatever shred of dignity you have left. You don't need to be a Republican (as I sure as hell am not, and never will be) to see that this whole situation is an absolute trainwreck.

    March 18, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. GREGOIRE

    To the pro-union simpleton... My Toyotas have ALWAYS been excellent vehicles... expecially when compared to the ONE American made car I owned for 3 months. A lemon right off the lot. Oh... and my Toyotas were always a much better value than their competition because they didn't have to pay assembly workers $25/hr to do a job a monkey with his jungle education could do better than him. Your union BOSSES have RUINED the American car industry. In order to pay you wages you don't deserve, the manufacturer has to cut corners on quality. I don't blame YOU... you're just trying to make as much money as you can... no problem there... but you don't EARN the wages you make. I have 2 college degrees and probably make the same as a union guy sorting bolts all day.

    March 18, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Tony in The Bronx

    Gov. Paterson isn't all that liberal. He wants to close the state budget gap with cuts that liberals hate.

    March 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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