February 26th, 2010
10:06 AM ET
12 years ago

NYC tabs urge Gov. Paterson to resign

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/26/art.tabs.cnn.jpg caption="The New York tabs say its time for Paterson to go."](CNN) - Embattled New York Governor David Paterson woke up to some unfriendly headlines Friday morning.

New York City's two tabloid newspapers, the New York Post and the New York Daily News, in large front page headlines, declared that for Paterson, it's "time to go."

At a news conference Thursday evening, Paterson said he would not resign the governor's office, and speaking of his bid for a full term in office, he added that "I'm in this for the long haul."

Paterson's meeting with reporters was his first since a New York Times story reported that the governor may have intervened in a domestic assault case involving a top aide. Paterson has suspended an aide and asked state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, who is weighing his own primary challenge against Paterson, to investigate allegations of wrongdoing amid news reports that the aide hit a woman and that state police pressured her to keep quiet.

In their front page editorial, the New York Post declared, "It's time for David Paterson to close out his role in one of the strangest episodes in New York history and turn over the affairs of state to his own lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch."

There was a similar message on the front page of the New York Daily News, which said, "Today we urge David Paterson to step down. Paterson has given serious cause to doubt both his word and his judgment. His administration is in shambles. He has demeaned his high office."

The controversy prompted the state's deputy secretary for public safety, a Cabinet member who supervises the state police, to resign unexpectedly Thursday. She said the governor and state police "acknowledged" direct contact with the woman - an allegation that the governor declined to discuss in a radio interview Thursday.

Paterson expressed confidence that the investigation will clear him of any wrongdoing, saying "I will allow the attorney general's office to conduct the investigation. I want to get the bottom of everything that happened here. The attorney general wants to get to the bottom of it. And I will be cooperating with that investigation and I am satisfied at the end of the investigation that everybody will understand."

Paterson also declared that he will press on with his troubled election bid, despite calls from fellow state Democrats to suspend his campaign. But Paterson did not completely rule out ending his campaign, which was facing difficult odds even before the New York Times story was published. He said he would spend the "next few days" soliciting the opinions of other party leaders.

"I am not suspending my campaign, but I am talking to a number of elected officials around the state, as I would, fellow Democrats, to hear their opinions," he said at a press
conference in New York City. Asked about the calls for him to back out of the race, Paterson said he had "an open mind."

"I want the Democrats to win this November," he said. "I want the governor of the state of New York to be Democratic, hopefully me, and I will weigh what they have to say, but right now I am a candidate for governor."

Polls indicate that Cuomo leads in a hypothetical primary matchup by 30 to 40 points over Paterson, who said he is in the race "for the long haul." But the governor added that "I am not in it without having my colleagues feel they can talk to me about this."

Paterson was lieutenant governor when a sex scandal led to then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's departure from the office in March 2008.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. JES

    Go away bad dream

    February 26, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. jm for sc

    Why are people worrying about Paterson resigning? Just let him get his pants beat off. Another candidate should just run against him. It is clear that this man has lost his mind. Otherwise, he would have sense enough to drop out of the race. Furthermore, with his reputation, he should just resign from office. Gee whiz.

    February 26, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Jin

    This makes it harder all the time to distinguish "NEWS" papers and tabloids. We need a 60 day moritorium on all electronic and print media so people can just freak out about where they are getting their ideas about what is actually "going on." Where is the Brinkley of these times? What is a BELIEVABLE or REPUTABLE source of news??? At the least, Fos should be banned from using the word "news" and forced to label their biased, vitriolic crap "right wing entertainment."

    February 26, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Can he actually OBSERVE what's going on??? Is he really LQQKN at his future if he continues this 'campaign to NOWHERE" Can he really SEE a light at the end of the tunnel that tells him he will win???

    I am a native NEW-yorker and this is the WORST I have ever SEEN for a politician.... Please resign with dignity because you have too much going on and it does not LQQK good!!!

    February 26, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Flipper

    So after two crappy Dem governors, NY state is poised to pick ANOTHER Dem?

    Well, the people of NY have gotten exactly the state government that they deserve.

    February 26, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  6. Laverne

    LEAVE HIM ALONE! I am sure he is aware he does not stand a chance at winning, but it is his right to run or not run again. Trying to force someone out onlyl makes them want to hang on longer. Why must we make politics so UGLY!?

    February 26, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Hang in there, Govenor Paterson.
    Allegations have to be taken through appropriate processes before govenors have to resign.

    February 26, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Rick in OP

    The only reason the Democrats want Paterson to resign is because he stands no chance of being re-elected. If his re-election prospects were better, this question would have never been raised.

    If you use the same logic that is being imposed on Paterson, then most of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate who are up for re-election this year should also now resign because they are not going to get re-elected on November 2, 2010. See the above CNN story about how U.S. citizens feel threatened by the federal government.

    February 26, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Boehner's a boner

    From the "National Enquirer" of paper journalism, what do you expect?

    This paper is nothing more than a partisan rag.

    And if the governor should resign for his indiscretions, then what about the rest of the elected officials. You got a real crop of budding felons there.

    If I was a resident of the State of New York, I'd kick the whole dam bunch out – democratic and republican.

    February 26, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Ken in NC

    How long will it be before the State of New York has a Gov. that can serve a full term? This is almost as bad as the Sarah Palin thingy (wink, wink).

    February 26, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Paul from Arizona

    Of course those two Conservative owned rag magazines want Paterson to quit. I wonder why CNN is running with it?

    February 26, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. sue schausse

    $132,00 for a person with NO CREDENTIALS who "recommends" policy!!!!!!!!!!!! No wonder the state is in such a bad way. An idiot for the gov, criminals in Albany and they just keep on!!!

    February 26, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. lefty loosy

    Dem or Rep . Black or White.
    Crooked politicians all

    February 26, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. dumbanddumbya

    The New York Post is essentially a tabloid rag, not serious journalism. It's written for those knuckle-draggers with a 5th Grade reading level whose lips move while they read (in short, anyone who votes Republican and isn't a millionaire).

    February 26, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. DisarmedandHarmless

    Bring back Eliot Spitzer, a man with experience and the guts to go after crooks, liars and ne'r-do-wells.

    I don't care about his personal life or predilections - that's between himself & his wife - and people shouldn't care either. He should never have resigned. Why is it only Dems resign but diaper-wearers (Vitter) and bathroom stall denizens (Craig) stay on?

    February 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. roy elliott

    Well,well,well. The Democratic voters must be real proud....First Rangel than Paterson. But what else can we Americans expect from the "liberal" Democrats !!!! But best yet..a health plan NO body wants,yet it's being pushed down out throats. Boy..are we fortunate .....ya

    February 26, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Reggie


    February 26, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Rob Selby

    The New York Post is a right-wing rag. You obnoxious right-wing New Yorkers make me sick. YOU SUCK!!

    February 26, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. matthew

    i hope there is a family member or friend who can drive this poor guy home. He will be fine.

    February 26, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Walter

    The interesting thing now will be Andy Cuomo's response. He can no longer hide under his A.G. label. The Dems need a candidate and I can't wait to hear how a far left liberal like Cuomo is going to fix our economy. The Senate and House (democratically controlled – for now) refuse to cut any services instead screaming their mantra "Tax the rich!" These are the same people who complain about the excessive bonuses of Wall Street bankers. You can't have it both ways lefties. I suspect Tom Golisano leaving New York because of high taxes is only the first of many million-/billionaires who say nothing New York has to offer is worth the excessive taxes the wealthy will no doubt have to pay under Cuomo.

    February 26, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Kevin McClellan

    Governor Patterson would do well to heed the words of Rick in Casablanca. " Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.” Time to give it up Dave !

    February 26, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Mike in WA

    So what did the tabloids want him to do go along with the police and keep it covered up that an Aide assaulted someone?? Sounds like his reaction was what you would expect an honest person to do.

    February 26, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Fitz in Texas

    Hey, those Democrats must have really gotten some smut on this guy.

    February 26, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Travis In Colorado

    Don't back down Dave, show them what a great man you are! You have overcome so much, and you can offer them so much. Show them that you are the better and bigger man.

    February 26, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Now let us guess who owns these two rag newspapers?hahaha

    February 26, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |