UPDATE #3: 9:49 PM 2/7/10 - AP: NY Gov. Paterson meets with lawmakers over future:
Paterson campaign spokesman Richard Fife said the weekend calls had nothing to do with the accusations but were “routine re-election campaign calls.”
“The governor started making calls two weeks ago to step up his campaign effort and get ready to officially announce his re-election campaign,” Fife said. “The calls were - and are - going well … And then look what happens - a coordinated effort to stop him and spread rumors.”
A Democrat close to the situation, though, said the meetings included discussions about whether Paterson would resign or announce he will not run. The Democrat spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
UPDATE #2: 9:00 PM 2/7/10 - Gawker expands on Paterson’s denial to the allegations about his coming resignation and a scandal:Gov. David Paterson Spokeswoman Denies NYT Has a Resignation-Worthy Bombshell:
We asked Paterson’s deputy communications director Marissa Shoenstein for a response and she emailed the following: “There is absolutely zero truth to these rumors. The governor is not resigning.”
Reached by phone, Shorenstein also claimed that the story isn’t coming out tomorrow or “any time soon” and called it a “profile” that’s going to be running in the Metro section of the New York Times. She says more than one Times writers will be bylined on the piece and that her office has been in contact with them and the governor is cooperating with the piece. Finally, when asked whether or not anything that’s going to be written in the forthcoming Times piece on Gov. Paterson could be described as scandalous, a “bombshell,” or anything that might find itself in the public’s general interest,” Shorenstein gave a flat-out deinal: “No.”
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW
Rumors have been swirling around for a number of days now about a New York Times story that will break Monday about a possible career-ending issue on New York’s Gov. David Paterson (D). Business Insider is reporting the latest:
Elizabeth Benjamin at The Daily News describes the report as “much worse” than the governor’s previous admission of an affair with a state employee, though she declines to name NYT by name.
We’ve now heard from a single source familiar with the goings on at the Governor’s office that the story will likely drop on Monday, and that the governor’s resignation will follow.
Mr. Paterson’s low poll numbers have caused Democrats to demand New York’s first black governor not run for re-election, so New York’s Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) can run for the seat his dad, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, held between 1983 and 1994.
Immediately following the March 2008 resignation of New York’s former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) — who himself left office plagued by scandal — Mr. Paterson admitted to an extramarital affair with another woman. The younger Mr. Cuomo may find running for the governor’s seat to be easier now, but will New York want to take a chance on another Democrat after two consecutive scandal-ridden party members have lived in the Governor’s mansion immediately before?