Baxtergate: The Other Post Pataki Scandal

Another day, another New York Post attack on George Pataki. No, not the reports of the governor’s private phone conversations that’ve been hammered onto the frontpage of the tabloid two days in a row.

Now Pataki finds himself under attack in the paper’s Lifestyle section. That’s right: The governor’s not even safe in The Post‘s doughy middle section.

From Mr. Nice Guy, Sara Stewart’s hard-hitting look at Michael Showalter’s indie film, The Baxter:

Look around any New York restaurant, and you can spot one: He’s the straight-laced, nice-guy type with the slightly bored-looking date.
“Baxters overdo it,” says Showalter. “The Baxter is the guy who’s going to take a girl to the best restaurant in town, having no clue if it’s appropriate for her. All that matters is, it’s the best. Anything recommended as the most romantic place, that’s where you’ll find the Baxter.”
“George Pataki is a Baxter, no question,” Showalter says. “But Mario Cuomo is not a Baxter.”

Next week in The Post: Pataki gets the Meet Market treatment.

Matt Haber