At least one member of the New York congressional delegation thinks Barack Obama may have set himself an untenable precedent when he pressured Steve Israel not to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand in a primary.
The representative, a Democrat, said the delegation did not take kindly to the White House's intrusion into local matters anyway. But now that Obama, through the strong-arming of Israel by Rahm Emanuel, has demonstrated a willingness to involve himself in a New York race, he will also be expected to come in and save the day when it comes to the potentially more problematic situation involving David Paterson.
"He's invited himself into a much bigger problem," said the representative.
The member said that the delegation is extremely concerned about having the historically unpopular Paterson at the top of the ticket. They are fearful that Paterson's vulberability could be a drag on the ticket in 2010, and could result in a Republican governor who has power over congressional redistricting.
The member did not mention Andrew Cuomo by name.