New York... It's Official... Gov. David Paterson Announces... He's 'NOT Running'.

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 5:27pm.

A scandal-scarred Gov. Paterson formally ended his short-lived election campaign Friday afternoon...  Paterson, under investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for contacting a woman who accused one of his top aides of domestic violence, made the announcement at his Manhattan office with his wife, Michelle, at his side.

"I am being realistic about politics," he said. "It hasn't been the latest distraction, it's been an accumulation of obstacles that has obfuscated me from bringing my message to the public.

"There are times in politics when you have to know not to strive for service, but to step back - and that moment has come for me," Paterson said. "Today, I am announcing that I am ending my campaign for governor of the state of New York."

"It has become increasingly clear to me in the last few days that I cannot run for office and try to manage the state's business at the same time. And right now, New York state needs a leader who can devote full time to this service."

Paterson said he looks forward to the conclusion of Cuomo's investigation. Holding his right hand up, Paterson said: "I give you this personal oath. I have never abused my office. Not now. Not ever."

"And I believe that when the facts are reviewed, the truth will prevail," he said.

Despite already mounting calls for his resignation, Paterson vowed to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends Jan. 1.

But some Democrats say stopping the campaign isn't enough: He should leave office now. "If the investigation turns out the way many suspect, his resignation is almost inevitable," state Sen. Bill Perkins, who holds Paterson's old Harlem Senate seat, told WNYC.

"If that is the case, then it is in the best interest of the people of New York for him to cut bait now," Perkins insisted.

"If he knows, as I believe he does, what exactly will be revealed in the course of the investigation and if it is unfortunately as is suspected, then for the sake of the people of the state why go through this investigation and the turmoil that will be a part of it," he added.

The city's public advocate, Bill de Blasio, said spiking the campaign was only "a responsible first step."

"Nevertheless, he is still the governor. Ceasing his campaign does not address how he will prevent this type of misconduct from happening again," he added.

The governor's decision to bail from the campaign came just hours after he told reporters Thursday night that he was still committed to running - but he admitted he was open to hearing from fellow Democrats.

He'd been under intense pressure Thursday from all corners of his party for his involvement with the domestic violence victim, Sherr-una Booker.

His departure clears the way for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is the favorite of many Democrats, to seek the nomination unimpeded.

Cuomo's office is investigating whether Paterson and the state police improperly contacted Booker, who made the allegations against the governor's top aide, David Johnson.

A day after speaking briefly with Paterson, Booker failed to show up for a court hearing against Johnson - and the matter was dropped. Mayor Bloomberg Friday described Paterson's situation as "very sad."

And he added: "It's not good for the state to have the state government that isn't functioning as well as we need it to function in these very tough economic times."

Elizabeth Benjamin - Kenneth Lovett - February 26, 2010 - source NYDailyNews

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 02/26/2010 - 5:27pm.