Governor David Patterson New York State has decided to not seek re-election after an investigative report by the New York Times found that Patterson interfered in a case involving a member of his staff.
The governor made his announcement after calls from members of the New York Democratic Party leadership. A week earlier Patterson announced he was seeking re-election.
Patterson acknowledged the incident involved his aide David W. Johnson was a problem but it won’t interfere with his duties as Governor.
“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,” Mr. Paterson during a press conference.
At the press conference Patterson took an oath stating he didn’t abuse power of Governor.
“I have never abused my office, not now, not ever,” said Mr. Paterson, his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, by his side.
“I believe that when the facts are reviewed, the truth will prevail,” he added.
This comes on heels of investigation by New York Attorney General ( and presumptive Democrat gubernatorial candidate) Andrew Cuomo.
Earlier this week The New York Times investigation that Governor’s office got involved in an issue between Johnson and girlfriend. Johnson assaulted the girlfriend on Halloween.
The woman received a restrain order against Johnson but New York State Police harassed her to drop the case against Johnson court documents show. The woman says The Governor himself called a day before she was to return to court for a final restraining Johnson. The victim never show in court and the case against Johnson was dropped. She did not want here name revealed fearing retaliation.
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