Paterson Allies React To Latest Political Bombshell
Whether Governor Paterson can withstand the fallout from the latest revelations is an open question. But there are signs what little political support the governor had left may be starting to crumble. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
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Even some of those who counted themselves among Governor David Paterson’s few remaining allies, say it’s time to get realistic.
"The governor’s role has not been helpful recently, and his running for re-election would not I think, be fruitful," said State Senator Bill Perkins.
Long Island Congressman Steve Israel, a Paterson ally, also urged him to drop his campaign.
Westchester Congresswoman Nita Lowey went further, saying if the allegations are true, Paterson should no longer be in office.
The Reverend Al Sharpton called for a meeting of black leaders Saturday to discuss Paterson's future. State Senator Liz Krueger also cast doubt on the governor's ability to focus on the state budget.
"Wouldn’t it be a good idea to leave this set of responsibilities, daily budget negotiations, to the lieutenant governor? Given many other things are going on," Krueger said.
"Ultimately it is the governor's responsibility to sign off on any agreement, but having Dick Ravitch at the table I think would be a benefit," said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Still, some remain firm in their support, and say they’ll be there for Paterson’s New York City campaign kickoff in Harlem on Sunday.
"I will be there not only at the rally but as an endorsement press conference. I stand with our governor," said City Councilman Robert Jackson.
The controversy comes at a time when lawmakers have just finished dealing with another incident involving domestic violence -- the assault charge against state Senator Hiram Monserrate, who earlier this month was expelled from the legislature by his State Senate colleagues.
Senator Eric Schneiderman, who led the Senate’s investigation of Monserrate, said his surrogates tried to control and pressure the victim, not unlike what’s been alleged here.
"If the State Police were involved in pressuring a victim of domestic violence, it’s one of the most despicable things I’ve ever heard of," Schneiderman said. "And anyone involved, and anyone who approved of it, should be sanctioned to the full extent of the law."
Whether or not there are legal consequences for Paterson, it seems increasingly clear there will be political ones.