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David Paterson Drops Campaign for Governor

Posted on February 26 2010 11:13 am
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New York Gov. David Paterson plans to drop his campaign for reelection amid an uproar over news that he and the State Police intervened in a domestic violence case involving a close aide, several Democratic sources say.

New York Democrats turned swiftly on the governor after the New York Times published a report Wednesday raising questions about possible attempts by Paterson to protect his aide, David Johnson, from battery charges.

On Thursday, Long Island Rep. Steve Israel reportedly called Paterson to urge him to forego running for reelection and Westchester Rep. Nita Lowey suggested it might be appropriate for Paterson to resign. State Sen. Bill Perkins, who took Paterson’s seat in the state legislature, told POLITICO the governor should drop his 2010 campaign right away.

Asked what finally forced Paterson’s hand, a senior Democrat close to the White House said: “In the end he was rebuffed everywhere he turned for support.”

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