The path to the New York Governor’s mansion got that much easier apparently for Andrew “Remember My Daddy” Cuomo on Friday, as current selected-not-elected Governor David “Anyone Seen My Integrity?” Paterson abruptly announced he’d dropping his bid for a full term of office. He did say he plans to remain in office until his hand-me-down term expires in January 2011. NYC bookmakers are currently taking bets on whether he makes it that far. He made it official with an announcement from his Manhattan office on Friday afternoon. According to the Wall Street Journal:
"I have never abused my office—not now, not ever," Mr. Paterson said at a news conference in New York City. He cited an accumulation of distractions for his decision, and said he is "being realistic about politics."
The governor had faced intensifying pressure to abandon his campaign, as a senior aide quit his administration in outrage and the New York political world responded with disgust to allegations the state police and the Democratic governor interfered with a domestic-violence case involving a top aide.
Mr. Paterson's administration was plunged into disarray late Wednesday after it was reported by the New York Times that the governor and a member of his security detail had conversations with a woman pursing a protection order against a top administration aide, David Johnson, 37 years old, a close friend and adviser to Mr. Paterson.
Gov, Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya!
Video of the announcement here, complete with a "Now let me make this clear..." Skip to 3:45 to cut to the chase: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq53_nrlRfQ
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wasn’t immediately available for comment, as unnamed, anonymous sources had him placed at a Bed, Bath & Beyond shopping for drapes, presumably to be used for the Governor’s mansion in Albany.