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Obama Tells Paterson To Quit Gov Race

Buried in the ‘New York/Region’ section of the New York Times:

White House Asks That Paterson Drop Campaign

By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and JEFF ZELENY

September 20, 2009

WASHINGTON — President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.

The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said.

“Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern been conveyed to the governor? Yes.”

The administration officials and the Democratic operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions with the governor were intended to be confidential.

The president’s request was conveyed to the Mr. Paterson by Representative Gregory W. Meeks, a Queens Democrat, who has developed a strong relationship with the Obama administration, they said.

The move against a sitting Democratic governor represents an extraordinary intervention into a state political race by the president, and is a delicate one, given that Mr. Paterson is one of only two African-American governors in the nation.

But Mr. Obama’s political team and other party leaders have grown increasingly worried that the governor’s unpopularity could drag down Democratic members of Congress in New York, as well as the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in next fall’s election

“The message the White House wanted to send — that it wants Paterson to step aside — was delivered,” said the Democratic operative,, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were intended to be confidential. “He is resistant.” …

Leading Democrats in the state have expressed deep concern about Mr. Paterson’s ability to hold on to the office. But most have been wary of openly suggesting he step aside.

The White House move could give them cover to abandon Mr. Paterson and endorse another candidate, most likely Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who has been debating for months whether to take on Mr. Paterson in a primary.

Mr. Paterson, who was elevated to governor from lieutenant governor in March 2008, in the wake of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s resignation after a prostitution scandal, announced in October that he would seek a full term.

But in the intervening months, White House officials have watched the deteriorating political fortunes of Mr. Paterson with growing alarm, as his popularity plunged and he committed a series of missteps that raised questions about his ability to govern.

In addition, the relationship between Mr. Obama and Mr. Paterson has been shaky, dating to the governor’s selection of a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, who resigned from the Senate to become secretary of state. White House officials had received assurances from Mr. Paterson that he would not pick Kirsten E. Gillibrand, then a little-known Democratic congresswoman from a heavily Republican district outside of Albany, according to a prominent Democrat who discussed the matter with a senior White House official.

The White House and Democratic House leaders were concerned that her sudden departure from the House would give Republicans a prime opportunity to reclaim the seat. Aides to the president conveyed those concerns to the governor, according to Democrats who have discussed the matter with Mr. Obama’s aides.

In the end, Mr. Paterson selected Ms. Gillibrand anyway, infuriating White House officials and Democratic leaders in Washington. Making matters worse, the governor also publicly snubbed Caroline Kennedy, a close personal friend and ally of Mr. Obama’s, who announced in December her wish to be chosen as Mrs. Clinton’s replacement, but then withdrew her name from consideration in January, citing personal reasons…

How hilarious. (And we were just musing on how our federal system has been denigrated into a banana republic.)

But with Mr. Obama it’s always party — or rather power — uber alles.

Unless it’s just the half white Mr. Obama giving way to his natural born racism.

Mr. Paterson just went up a few notches in our estimation. (By the way, lest we forget, Mr. Spitzer was also one of Mr. Axelrod’s puppets.)

Making matters worse, the governor also publicly snubbed Caroline Kennedy, a close personal friend and ally of Mr. Obama’s, who announced in December her wish to be chosen as Mrs. Clinton’s replacement

Ah, yes, Mr. Obama is so high-minded, just like the rest of the Democrats.

We are still amazed that Caroline isn’t in the running to be given Uncle Ted’s seat.

It’s weird, you know?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Tells Paterson To Quit Gov Race”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Unless it’s just the half white Mr. Obama giving way to his natural born racism.”

    Actually, I think he’s prejudiced against blind people. Ever since that incident with the guy with the tin cup and pencils.

    *sigh*

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Steal a blind mans’ cane ….. will ya?
    What is next …….. candy from little children?

    DingleBarry has NO business weighing in on States affairs, PERIOD!

    Impeach NOW!!

  3. proreason says:

    More Unconstitutional medding in States business by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.

    This brings to about 100 the things this Moron has done that have never happened before in this country.

    What is this country? His personal playpen?

    When is enough enough?

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The administration officials and the Democratic operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions with the governor were intended to be confidential.”

    This is the part I love about democrats. They can’t keep their mouths shut when given the opportunity to look important. Even if that importance means leaking info that looks especially damning to their own party.

  5. catie says:

    Obviously the Teleprompter Kid wants to punish him for not putting Princess Caroline in the cat bird seat. Well maybe he wants to make sure that former Kennedy son-in-law, son of King Mario, brother of “I wouldn’t be on tv if I wasn’t a Cuomo”, little Andy gets into Albany.

  6. Mister C says:

    How naive of me. For too long I actually believed that the States selected their own executives…the blind leading the blind??

  7. canary says:

    Just another test run, as Obama plans to hand pick every leader, for the new one Obamerica order.

    • canary says:

      Oh, that’s right. He makes fun of special olympics contenders, many whom I’d bet could run this country far better than Obama could. Obama has fish scales over his eyes.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “But Mr. Obama’s political team and other party leaders have grown increasingly worried that the governor’s unpopularity could drag down Democratic members of Congress in New York, as well as the Democratic-controlled Legislature, in next fall’s election… ”

    Got news for ya kiddo, It’s not lookin’ all that rosie for the democrats, period. Hope that’s not a racist remark.


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