Short days in the office, an increasing level of remoteness, and a loose grip on state business are just some of the charges leveled against Governor David Paterson in a long-awaited New York Times profile published today.
The paper says the governor's isolation and management style are causing problems as he prepares to launch his election campaign.
Paterson’s schedules reportedly show his days at the office often span from 10 a.m. to just 4:30 or 5 p.m.
The Times also points to a lack of involvement with state leaders and lawmakers.
The report says Paterson's inner circle has gotten exceptionally tight, with Paterson preferring to deal with friends rather than government veterans.
Despite the accusations, the governor tells the Times he still believes he is the best man for the job, saying he's the one standing up for the best interests of New Yorkers.
Within hours, his office released a detailed rebuttal to the article.
Paterson challenged claims about his office hours, saying his blindness requires him to spend hours each morning memorizing talking points and speeches. He also says the media depictions of him drinking, chasing women, and doing drugs are being unfairly driven by political rivals.
The governor's camp says Paterson's aides are well-qualified, and that the governor is engaged with state officials to enact legislation.
In a statement, Paterson's communications director says, "Despite a nasty and seemingly coordinated effort to attack the Governor based on nothing but rumor and innuendo, what we are left with is a profile of a sitting governor tackling historic challenges in a time of crisis for our state."