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Report: Obama Tells Paterson to Drop N.Y. Gov. Race

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 developed strong ties with the Obama administration.

"The message the White House wanted to send - that it wants Paterson to step aside - was delivered," a Democratic operative told the Times.

Party leaders in Washington have become concerned about Paterson's political weakness, believing the governor's office is too important to risk losing, one of the state Democratic advisers told the AP on Saturday.

Paterson spokesman Peter Kauffmann declined comment to the AP on Sunday morning. White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A message about the race was delivered from top national Democrats at a dinner Friday night with Paterson, but it was unclear whether it was at the direction of Obama, one of the advisers said. The Democratic leaders spoke of a concern referred to as the "David Paterson problem," the adviser said

The request has been in the works for a couple weeks, and the intention was to wait until after the state's primary to deliver it, the other adviser said.

Patrick Gaspard, Obama's political director, was scheduled to meet with the governor on Monday, one of the sources said.

Obama is scheduled to be in upstate New York that day, when he is expected to deliver a vision of economic revival to students at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

As lieutenant governor, Paterson moved to the governor's office in March 2008 with Eliot Spitzer's resignation amid a prostitution scandal. But in the months since, his popularity has plummeted, and the state's economic situation deteriorated, with job losses mounting and the unemployment rate rising to the highest in 26 years.

Paterson has announced he will seek a full term in the 2010 election.FOXNews.com

Sunday, September 20, 2009


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  • Must be racism... the big O is half white right? Maybe he can't help it (so says Newsweek). Where are Pelosi's crocodile tears over this?

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  • we havent had a good governor in NY in forever, pataki was the worst and this clown is a dipshit. bring back mario.

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    • Yeah right, Mario the Savior. My FUKIN ASS!!! Him and his brainchild of creating a "general fund" in which ALL monies collected from ALL state agencies go and can be distributed in any way the Gov or Legislature wants instead of "dedicated funds" per Agency! (ie; lets raid money from the DMV to pay for low income housing in NYC)

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    • it was humor bro!

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  • Fucckk Paterson he is a no talent douche. He would not be able to recognize talent if it were right in front of him. wink wink....This beautiful state of mine has been destroyed by these tax hungry government fucckks. One of the most beautiful states in the country and it is impossible to survive here with the jobless rates and out of this world taxes. Here in Syracuse they expanded an all ready massive mall and suspended building on it due to no renters of the space. So now a massive empty shel More..

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    • I totally agree but, my friend, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Your description of New York is dead on of what America will look like when Obama is through with it. Just a massive empty shell.

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    • The transition to one party, despotic rule means that necessary Change(TM) must be made...including the President of the United States intervening in state elections.

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  • Obama should do the right thing and suggest ALL democrats stop running for office.

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  • No wonder he and Obama don't get along - read the last paragraph regarding Patterson's performance since taking office. That's EXACTLY what Obama's performance has been and we all know that Obama's ego can't stand any competition. Time to go Patterson because "The One" has spoken.

    I find it odd that with the United States so screwed up Obama has the time to hand pick who runs what state.

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    • Aww dont forget your tissues as you walk away pouting.

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  • I guess Paterson didn't see that one coming.

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  • It's because he's black.

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  • Obama be racist!...

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  • that's racist.... oh shit he can't use that bwahahaa

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  • Its says Tells in the title but the story says request. Which is it? Or are republicans at a point when every little thing is blown up out of purportion? Just seems like more whining to me. Republicans are going nowhere but lowering themselves more and more everyday.

    Its no suprize that any and every tactic is being used in desparation after being kicked out of the presidency, Senate and the House.

    America handed you your walking papers and all you have left is just obstruction.

    Amer More..

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    • Thank God for the Republicans "Obstruction". Let's just call it "Speed bumps" to slow down Obama's total destruction of capitalist, Christian America !

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    • Obama is a christian... Or are you a fox watcher? Then I can see how you would be under the impression he is a muslim with the lies they spew in desparation for hyped up attention.

      Greed destroyed our economy. Funny how you didnt notice the steady decline the past 4 years.

      Its Obamas Fault! LOL!!!!!

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    • Only an upstanding, freethinking, honest, critical thinker like you could possibly inject republican politics in a pissing match between the big O (a democrat) and the NY Governor (also a democrat). Are you really that partisan and shallow or is this lamer than usual attempt at political analysis, a contest in which you have run out of ideas?

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    • Oh I did notice the decline in the last for years. In fact how about the last 6 years ? Yep, you guessed it, that's when the Democrats took control of the Congress and went on to achieve the lowest rating of any Congress in the history of our nation.

      Keep betting on your pals Reid, Pelosi, Schumer and your poster boy Barney Frank to fix things. See, the difference is that when everything turns to s**t you and I will be broke but they will have plenty left over from all the kick backs, bribe More..

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    • Wrong the dems werent in control the past 6 years. Americans kicked out more repubs in 2006. Then the presidency in 2008 along with the senate. Forget the fact that Bush had the lowest rating of any president of America in history.

      LOL republicans and their twisted logic only backed by the lies they create. LOL!!!!

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