March 11th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Spitzer successor would be nation's 4th black governor

(CNN) - If New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigns, Lt. Gov. David Paterson stands to become the first African-American governor of the state and the fourth in U.S. history.

Paterson, 53, is legally blind, and although documentation is scarce, it is widely believed that he would be the nation's first blind governor.

Paterson was first elected to the New York State Senate in 1985, where he represented the 30th District, encompassing Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side.

Related: New York Minority Leader James Tedisco urges Spitzer to  make a hasty decision.

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soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Matt, Chico, CA

    Who cares?

    "Race won't disappear until we stop talking about race." -Morgan Freeman

    March 11, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Angel

    Good Luck to David Paterson if he step up to Gov of New York

    March 11, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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