Paterson Not Sure Why People Are Talking About Him Resigning

The first question from Observer editor Kyle Pope to Governor David Paterson was whether he still had “moral” authority to lead the state for the rest of the year.

Mr. Paterson shot back that indeed, he does.

“I’m the governor, that’s why you invited me,” he said, which elicited applause from the audience.

Mr. Paterson also said that now that he’s not running for election, he won’t have to hear “robotic” responses from Republicans in Albany saying his governing decisions are political.

Mr. Pope followed up and asked if the resignation question is off the table.

Mr. Paterson said it is off the table, and he doesn’t know why it was even on the table. After a moment of silence, Mr. Paterson said, “And clearly neither do you.”

Later, he said the resignation question was rather “remote” from the serious issues facing the state, such as the budget.

“I think there’s a hysteria that I’ve been the victim of over the past couple months,” he said.

> UPDATE: For more coverage of Governor Paterson’s remarks, see:

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Paterson Not Sure Why People Are Talking About Him Resigning