David Paterson said he will move ahead with his re-election campaign, despite a White House request that he step down.
Paterson said as much at a parade Sunday in Harlem, but left the door open by noting that running was his intention “right now.”
Bill Hammond says Obama’s move is “a cold-blooded political calculation – that having his highly unpopular name at the top of next year’s ballot could drag down Democrats across the state, with potentially disastrous ripple effects in Washington.”
Liz says this makes David Paterson a lame duck, just ahead of a session to bridge a budget gap.
In Harlem, many agree with Obama’s thinking and reject notions that his move was racist.
“When a black governor performs worse than the Mets and tries to blame his declining popularity on a media-driven racial attack, that is not a serious racial problem,” writes Leonard Greene. “That is a joke.”
The News says that Paterson is just a symptom of the larger, decrepit system of New York politics.
Obama’s intervention with Paterson will almost certainly come up.
Where will Joe Bruno be? He wasn’t invited.
Andrea Peyser says that Hiram Monserrate, whose assault trial starts today in earnest, “has even odds of skipping back to Albany, broken glass in hand. A free man.”
Rick Lazio’s campaign rhetoric is no longer optimistic about the upstate economy.
The Congressional plan would still be better than the public health insurance option. Is that right?
Representative Mike Arcuri said it was inappropriate for Congress to rebuke Representative Joe Wilson.
And below, video of RNC Chairman Michael Steele saying Obama’s pressure on Paterson is racially motivated: