The New York Times reported political advisers made the suggestion to request Paterson withdraw, and Obama approved it.
National Democratic Party leaders have asked Gov. David Paterson to consider withdrawing from the 2010 governor's race, according to two senior New York Democratic advisers.
Both advisers, who are close to the governor, spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for Paterson. The sources said it was unclear what Paterson would do in response.
The New York Times reported Saturday that it was President Barack Obama who requested that Paterson withdraw. The newspaper said political advisers made the suggestion, and Obama approved it.
The Times reported administration officials as saying the president's request was conveyed to Paterson by Queens Democrat Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, who has dev
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