February 9th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
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Governor denies drug, sex rumors

Governor David Paterson defended himself Monday in an interview with the Associated Press.

Governor David Paterson defended himself Monday in an interview with the Associated Press.

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson defended himself Monday from rumors of womanizing and drug use, describing these unfounded reports as "outrageous," during an interview with the Associated Press.

"For the last couple of weeks I have been the subject of what, even by Albany standards, has been a spate of outrageous rumors about me," Paterson told the AP.

Despite rumors of drug use and gallivanting, Paterson told the AP he hasn't used an illegal substance since his early 20's and rarely eats dinner outside of his home. He also said he hasn't had sexual relations with another woman in more than 10 years. Both Paterson and his wife have previously admitted to extramarital affairs in their past.

The embattled Democratic governor, who is serving the remainder of former Gov. Elliot Spitzer's term, also criticized some reports in the media about his life as "callous and sleazy."

Paterson specifically pointed his finger at the New York Post, which reported late last month that a state police officer caught the governor involved with a woman who wasn't his wife. Paterson said the room he was supposedly caught in doesn't even exist. The Post stood by its reporting in a statement to CNN.

Paterson also blamed the spate of rumors on an investigation that The New York Times is reportedly working on about Paterson's private life. The governor said that investigation has "spawned a bunch of speculations that are so way out that it's shocking."

"There is an accountability that should exist in the media," he said. "How do I get my reputation back? Because I don't believe I have done anything to deserve this kind of bashing."

Paterson added he is determined to press on with his election campaign despite the rumors, a flood of negative media attention, and polls that show he trails likely Democratic primary opponent and the state Attorney Gen. Andrew Cuomo by as much as 40 points.

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  1. Megan

    Dear Obama victim:

    You either need to find a job or someone needs to inform your boss that you spend all day on the CNN blog. Oh, and get some anger management while you are at it.

    Glad you aren't my next door neighbor, you are scary.

    February 9, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. ToughLove

    I've read comments about people fearing leaders with "Bibles under their arms" but the undeniable truth is this country was largely founded on the principles in the Bible–it's evidenced in the halls and on the walls of our oldest buildings. Our nation has veered dramatically away from the values in the Bible–it's evidenced in the decisions our leaders make and this culture of relativitsm has left our children without conviction.
    Yes! Character matters. And I fear those who dare to lead us without a Bible under their arms.

    February 9, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Babylon

    If Americans weren't so hung up on sex, due to our puritanical roots and various "Mommy" and "Daddy" issues, our newscycle might focus on serious matters.

    February 9, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Don't know if its true or not. It could be politics behind it or it could be the media who is dying for any news.

    Media calls stuff analysis when it is just reporting and not even eye witness reporting.

    February 9, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. Why does it matter?

    A governor's job is to run an efficient government & keep the budget balanced. If they do that they can sleep with whoever they want and smoke what they choose. Typical of GopDopes to focus on non-issues (altho to be fair sounds like the NY Times is engaging in the same idiocy)

    February 9, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Justin Seine

    I believe what will do Paterson more harm than his alleged cavorting and womanizing is his preoccupation with solving the State's budget problems with the imposition of NO VALUE ADDED COSTS on the populace. Here a Fee, there a Fee Everywhere a Fee Fee! How about scheme to force every car owner in the state to buy NEW LICENSE PLATES.... AGAIN!!!!!

    Paterson blames the problems on Wall Street for the revenue shortfall, yet Wall Street is handing out record bonuses. Why? Is Wall Street taking lesson from Albany by rewarding mediocrity??? I doubt it.

    The MTA blows its budget AGAIN - OK Increase telephone taxes and tolls on bridges and tunnels and double that dubious "Law Enforcement FEE" added to the insurance renewal of every vehicle in the State.

    He has doomed himself!

    Welcome to New York – Councelling and Financing Available - For a FEE!

    February 9, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. J Tibbets

    There is nothing any democrat could possibly do that would ever make me vote for another republican after eight years of one of the most sorry president of ALL time-MR GEORGE W BUSH-what a sorry human being he is!

    February 9, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    This is what happens when you don't do what Obama TELLS you to do. They pressured him to get out of the race for the election... he refused... so the Chicago operative (under Obama's direct influence) orchestrated and perpetrated a plot to politically destroy Paterson. Don' t mess with the boss...

    February 9, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Jamie

    I am more inclined to believe rumors as opposed to some sleaze bag politico who "assures" me that these allegations are "outrageous" I am sure we will hear all about his "lies" soon.

    February 9, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    If a governor like SC's Mark Sanford can go AWOL for 5 days, with no one knowing where he is, and not even having the decency to leave his Lt. Governor in charge of the state, and still keep his job, why are we now seeing Patterson being scrutinized? Why are there different standards for Republicans and Democrats? Why? How about this – if their actions leave their states in jeopardy, then they go. If their actions have no bearing on state business, leave them alone, no matter what their political affiliation? Please. We need consistency.

    And J Williams of San Diego, I would never consider calling you a RepubliKKKan, so what's with the name calling? Aren't we all just Americans here? Just because I don't think like you doesn't make me bad or evil, just different. Are we going to hate on each other because of different belief systems? If that's the level to which we've sunk, we're in serious trouble.

    February 9, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. charga

    blah blah blah, same thing, different politician. They're all hypocrites.

    February 9, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Wisconsonite

    Obama Victim February 9th, 2010 12:29 pm ET

    "this guy is a democrat...the chances of him telling the truth are very very slim"

    And your chance being a "victim" of anything other than your own ignorance is also very slim.

    February 9, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Don

    I am not a supporter of Gov. Patterson but I must ask this question.

    Where is the check and balance on the Media???

    It seems like they can do anything and get away with it, and they are. I condemn adultery completely but, by today's law it is not illegal. The only action that could be of public interest would be if he had used tax payer dollars or facilities to carry out such actions. I don’t see that in this report or any related report. So why is this national news???

    There is 1 and only 1 reason…. Money. The story, regardless of its validity, creates interest which results in ratings, which result in business transactions that add up to money is somebody’s pocket.

    So the next time you read about some extremist claiming that we deserve what we get because we live for money and not values, think back to this article and others like it. Ask yourself, are they right? If your answer is NO, then we must ask why our Media is allowed (unchallange) to portray us as such?

    February 9, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Duck Fallas

    These rumors are preposterous! He's no David Vitter!

    Treasonous right wing scum need to leave my country.

    February 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. phil peterson

    spitzer protoge'

    February 9, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Chris

    Isn't Patterson blind? Maybe he just THOUGHT he was with his wife at the time. Oh, and he just thought he was smoking a cigarette.

    February 9, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. Texas Granny

    I think it's a sad commentary when the media makes it their "mission" to try to destroy people. I suspect most ALL of us have something in our pasts that we would just as soon not be splashed across the headlines. You can say politicians should be held to a higher standard... but where do politicians come from?? They are just people like all of us until they become elected to a public office. So can we all say if we were put in an elected office that there is nothing in our pasts that could ever come back to haunt us... nothing??

    I'm not defending Paterson or anybody else, and this really isn't about this particular article so much as it is about character assassination and lack of civility in general.

    I'm just saying I think it's become a sad indicator that the media goes to such extremes to try to ruin people's lives– politicians, sports stars, celebrities– it's almost like it's become a mission for many media groups. There's a big difference in some major lapse of ethics and in some stupid indiscretion. It's like character assassination has become a sport or something. I wonder, does it make someone feel "superior" to ruin someone else's life?

    February 9, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Kevin in Ohio

    The liberals eating their own, again. Love it.

    February 9, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. joel palmer

    This is what happens when you have the sleaziest state govenment this side of New Jersey; people will believe anything. Albany is a cesspool of dirt, deals, and dishonesty.


    February 9, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Jim


    I could not agree more.

    As for LaCrosseSon, not like the Republicans are any better. Mark Sanford ring a bell?


    February 9, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. Steve, NY

    It's about time that the press is picking on a Democrat. Liberals don't feel that they should be picked on. What gets me is that he has not had any sexual relations with another women more than 10 yerars. Poor guy. That makes it ok by the liberal standards. Give me a break.

    February 9, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Bill K NY

    Well Governor Dave, that's what you get for not heeding Obama's call to step down from the race. Besides you are starting to sound more like a Conservative then a Democrat. The progressive defamation machine is shifting into high gear. If you don't bow out they will bankrupt you like they did Governor Palin.

    February 9, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    For those who are unaware, The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fix News. Enough said.

    February 9, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Jay

    Gov Paterson is a prime example of the wrong man in the wrong job. His intention when he ran for Lt Gov was to be appointed to replace Hillary Clinton when she resigned her seat in the Senate. Didn't quite work out for him. He has been pretty honest in the past when folks have outed his mistakes.

    February 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. PALINs PALM PILOT...have all the clueless Answers

    In hindsight, Elliot Spitzer should NOT have resigned; but he was a democratic governor and wanted to do the right thing for NY in keeping with his ethical and constitutional duties...unlike Republiklans Gov. Mark Sanford and Senator John Ensign; where were caught red-handed but are still living their "family values" as Gov. and senators!!!!

    February 9, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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