Paterson Cabinet Member Quits

David Paterson’s deputy secretary of public safety, Denise O’Donnell, has resigned–the first cabinet member to go, in the wake of this morning’s Times story. City Room reports:

“The fact that the governor and members of the State Police have acknowledged direct contact with a woman who had filed for an order of protection against a senior member of the governor’s staff is a very serious matter,” [Ms. O’Donnell] wrote. “These actions are unacceptable regardless of their intent.”

And so it begins.

State electeds are doing the following: sighing, vigorously repeating “no comment,” and talking about the end. Al Sharpton is calling a meeting of black leaders on Saturday–to which Mr. Paterson is, not surprisingly, not invited.

Paterson Cabinet Member Quits