February 26th, 2010
11:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Paterson won't run for a full term

A Democratic source tells CNN that Paterson will not campaign for a full term.

A Democratic source tells CNN that Paterson will not campaign for a full term.

(CNN) - Embattled New York Gov. David Paterson is expected to announce later Friday that he won't seek a full term in office, but will remain as governor for the rest of the year, a Democratic Party source tells CNN.

Paterson is expected to go before cameras later Friday in New York City.

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 assaulted a woman and that state police pressured her to keep quiet.

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."

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

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."

At Thursday's news conferene, 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

Asked about the calls for him to back out of the race, Paterson said he had "an open mind," adding that "I want the Democrats to win this November."

"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.

- CNN's Mary Snow, Paul Steinhauser, and Peter Hamby contributed to this report


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  1. Jean

    I sincerely hope that when the time comes for Andrew Cuomo to announce he is running for Governor of NY that CNN spends as much time on Mr. Cuomo's disastrous time at HUD under President Clinton as they do on Governor Paterson. I was worried that a NY race might not garner as much national media attention therefore Mr. Cuomo's time at HUD, which directly contributed to the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and sub-prime mortgage debacles, leading to the economic meltdown, might not be covered adequately however based on CNN's interest in Gov. Paterson and the NY Governor's seat I am sure CNN will spend ample time researching and explaining Cuomo's debacle.

    February 26, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Anonymous

    New York / Albany politics are getting as bad as Chicago's!

    February 26, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor David didnt know Cuomo owns the city.He was only placed in the position because he couldnt see the things that were going on around him and tell anyone.

    February 26, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Ah, well . . .

    . . . looks like Rahm Emanuel, "the enforcer" got to him! So who's surprised?

    February 26, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Lee Culver

    The all powerful beat this good man down. By spreading lies and telling stories. He is too good to be involved.

    February 26, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Harry from Ridgewood, nJ

    Is the times we live in? Is it the lack of supervision? Is it corruption in the state legislator and governor's office. I am at a loss as to why politicians seem to copy art into reality. Governor Paterson believed that intervening in a domestic proper and could not result in a backlash. Are politicians so arrogant that they believe they are above the law? Can someone please explain this to me?

    February 26, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Marco Rubio of Florida, a contender for Gov. Crist seat, keeps blaming someone for the leak of information on how he unlawfully used his states credit card, but he won't deny it. Which is enough proof he's GUILTY, GUILTY, GUITY, beyond a reasonable doubt.

    February 26, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Jayden,FL

    Andrew Cuomo for Governor!

    February 26, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Damian

    He is/was the worst governor New York has EVER had!

    February 26, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. No More Incumbents

    How do we end up with guys like him, Rangel, etc. in office in the 1st place?

    February 26, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    "Paterson expressed confidence that the investigation will clear him of any wrongdoing"–mantra of the guilty. Didn't Spitzer say the same thing?

    February 26, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. wes

    Wimpy leadership is destabilizing this nation. We have a system of succession, and it's not the news media. U.S. find some guts or get out of the way.

    February 26, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. cj

    This is the right move for Paterson.

    February 26, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. MR.HORACE L FLOYDE

    It's in the best interest that the governor does what best for the party.

    February 26, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Stupidity and shortsightedness is universal. We keep expecting our politicians (on both sides of the aisle) to behave better than we would, if we had the powers and the same circumstances... They don't.

    This was bad and maybe not the worst, but bad enough to bring down a man that I believe had good intentions and who made strong efforts for the citizenry of his State.

    If we looked at all politicians as closely BEFORE they were elected, none of them (none of US) could ever get into office. I'm not saying that we shouldn't look, or that he should continue to run, that would be wrong, and only make matters wors.

    It's just sad.

    February 26, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Stupidity and shortsightedness is universal. We keep expecting our politicians (on both sides of the aisle) to behave better than we would, if we had the powers and the same circumstances... They don't.

    This was bad and maybe not the worst, but bad enough to bring down a man that I believe had good intentions and who made strong efforts for the citizenry of his State.

    If we looked at all politicians as closely BEFORE they were elected, none of them (none of US) could ever get into office. I'm not saying that we shouldn't look, or that he should continue to run, that would be wrong, and only make matters worse.

    It's just sad.

    February 26, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is about time. I don't live in NY, but he was having such troubles and didn't seem to be holding it together very well. I wish him well, but finish the term and let the next elected person take over.

    February 26, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. southerncousin

    Obama said he was going to get him. Don't ever underestimate the Chicago thugs. They will get you. Interesting that the Obozo in chief has also appointed the president of the SEIU to the debt reduction panel. Interesting and funny. I thought the idea was to reduce the debt not find ways to steal the money that is left. That is what SEIU is all about.

    February 26, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. Ross, NY Democrat

    Thank heavens! This is the best thing he's ever done! He's been incompetent, ineffective, inept, and less than honest from day one! Now if we can also get rid of Gillibrand, his unqualified and unworthy choice for US Senator; one down, one to go!

    February 26, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  20. RCasson

    Thank goodness he will not run. We need a Democrat who can win.

    February 26, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Hows that nonunion made Toyota workin for ya?

    Hes in worse shape than my neighbors toyota.

    February 26, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Biased

    Sounds like the dem. machine made sure he wouldn't run as he was told earlier not to and refused. Innuendos from the NYT and then scandals against one of his aides now being turned on him – seems like Cuomo has good friends to do the dirty work for him.

    February 26, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. S Callahan

    NY politics is downright dirty......they are bent on destroying this man.
    Granted very few intended to vote for the man for a full term...but come on....this DV issue is with his subordinate..not him. I tend to believe the call was intiated to him... And again, power was abused through the political elite with the State Police. I think the political operatives in NY should be shaking right now, because the citizens of NY are just fed up with this scum type of politics..it's time to clean house!!!

    February 26, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. John D

    All politicians believe they are above the law when elected and unless we do something about the mentality in Congress, THEY ARE!

    WE THE PEOPLE must make these bums understand that WE DO NOT send them to DC to rule over us but to work for us. They think they have been given the GOLDEN KEY the minute they are elected and that all bets are off.

    They get to DC and become drunk with all the taxpayer money they get to steal/ er play with. They forget who they are there to represent and why. They forget they are to uphold the Constitution, even nthough they have to swear an oathe to the fact. The Libs want to try and push the Constitution off as a living document they can change to whatever they want it to be. IT IS NOT A LIVING DOCUMENT. No where on it does it or the Founding Fathers even remotely refer to in such a manner.

    Now they want to change the Rules of RECONCILIATION. Rules they put in place but now don't quite seem tofit the backroom deals they are working on. TALK ABOUT HYPOCRITES!

    February 26, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. SocialismBad

    Well, looks like the Democrats finally succeeded in running this guy out of town. They sure do love to eat their own. Liberals and Democrats can be very nasty and vicious when they don't like you or you don't look like you can help them maintain control of an office. Just chew him up and spit him out so the favored one can run...

    February 26, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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