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Scandal: New York's Gov. Paterson to drop election bid; announcement expected soon

Gov. David Paterson has told Democratic leaders that he won't seek election to a full term amid a roiling scandal over whether he and his troopers intimidated a woman who'd reported domestic violence against one of his top aides, The Post has learned.

Paterson communicated his intentions to top advisers and supporters, saying he'll make an announcement today, multiple sources said -- confirming a Post report.

Paterson, who took over the state's top spot when Eliot Spitzer resigned after it was disclosed that he had sex with a prostitute, is expected to say he won't resign.

Just last night Paterson said he intended to continue his campaign, which he launched this past weekend. But he also said he would talk to fellow Democrats about his future.

Paterson yesterday was hit with a flurry of body blows following the disclosure that he called a woman who said aide David Johnson at


Added: Feb-26-2010 
By: e4bannan
Tags: david paterson, new york, governor, democrat, election, allegations, scandal, intimidation, state troopers
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