On Brian Lehrer’s radio show this morning, State Senator Bill Perkins gave a grim assessment of David Paterson’s situation:
Normally, I would say let the investigation run its course. However, these are not normal times.
The state is in the midst of a fiscal crisis. A leadership crisis. And there is a crisis of confidence in government.
I believe it is a time for honesty. And I believe David Paterson knows better than anyone else how this investigation will end.
He knows what is being investigated and he knows what’s at stake. He knows what he did, who he talked to. He knows under whose order the State troopers contacted this woman.
If the investigation turns out the way many suspect, his resignation is almost inevitable.
If that is the case, then it is in the best interest of the people of New York for him to cut bait now.
If he knows, as I believe he does, what exactly will be revealed in the course of the investigation and if it is, unfortunately as is suspected, then for the sake of the people of the state, why go through this investigation and the turmoil that will be a part of it.