The last flack standing for David Paterson is, well, no longer standing for Mr. Paterson.
Marissa Shorenstein, the governor’s top spokeswoman, resigned this afternoon, citing “circumstances that have led to my unwitting involvement in recent news stories.”
Ms. Shorenstein was reportedly asked by the governor to call a woman who had broken up with one of his aides–who, she later learned, had filed a domestic violence complaint. As a result of that call, and the incipient investigation, Ms. Shorenstein told the Observer earlier this month that she had retained an attorney.
The move could indicate a larger split with the governor. Ms. Shorenstein’s parents, Stuart and Janice, are major Democratic donors.
The statement, in full:
“It has been a privilege to serve New York State for the past two years and I thank the Governor for giving me the opportunity to do so.
“Due to the circumstances that have led to my unwitting involvement in recent news stories, I can no longer do my job effectively. Throughout my career I have performed my duties professionally and with integrity, basing my actions on what I believed to be true at the time.
“I therefore tender my resignation as Press Secretary to the Governor.”