New York Governor Drops Bid Amid Violence Scandal

New York Gov. David Paterson has officially ended his election bid.

At a news conference in New York City on Friday, Paterson cited an accumulation of distractions, but said he had never abused his office. He says he is "being realistic about politics" and says he never abused his office, "not now, not ever."

Paterson formally announced his campaign last weekend but had faced mounting calls to drop out of the race.

He has been unable to weather harsh criticism of his handling of a domestic violence case involving a trusted aide.

Paterson became governor in 2008, when former Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal.

His decision paves the way for popular Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Hans Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 26, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    The Democrats Liberals are getting out of Dodge City. Obama spent way to much of our tax $$$$$ money we pay. Now Obama has to tax us all Americns to put the $$$$$ Money back in the Piggy Bank. Obama over drew your American tax payers checking account Americans. Tax American's to pay for Obama's bills? Freedom from Obama's government owning Car Companies now! Government Motors against - Toyota ?
  • by Vance on Feb 26, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    In the word of Manford Mans Earth Band BLINDED BY THE LIGHT!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 26, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Doom and Gloom Lavon....Data man, defend this man, he is another corrupt democrat like you. HMM, HMM,HMMM
  • by betty Location: cortland on Feb 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    I believe he never abused his office. I think he has tried really hard to do the right thing for NY state. It was in a mess when he took over and it is very hard to do good when the whole state is in a mess. I think upstate NY needs to get away from New York City, they are what is taking the state down. Sorry to hear Govenor Paterson isn't going to run but I understand. I wouldn't want any government office right now either.

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