ALBANY—David Paterson doesn’t take the legislative inaction on his proposed deficit reduction package personally.
“With the legislators I honestly don’t think it’s personal,” Paterson told John Gambling this morning on WOR. “I think that they are just too afraid or just too chagrined to address the problems that we need to be addressing and I would tell you that I don’t know…remember: I’ve gotten them to balance both budgets that I’ve been here on time.”
Paterson did say that ads funded by interest groups–he has pushed back with his own ad campaign–were personal attacks, referring particularly to this spot aired during the spring by the Greater New York Hospital Association and SEIU 1199.
“I can honestly say that from the point of view of some of the advocates, when I watched some of those ads, they were somewhat personal,” Paterson said. “The ads against me were entirely personal. They were two hospitals we closed down because they were corrupt. The unions agreed, and we gave them something to close the hospitals down. They unethically said in commercials that I shut down these hospitals, never mentioning that they agreed to it. And then of course they had the blind guy in the wheelchair trashing me on television. I think that was personal because I’ve been an advocate for health care.”