Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obama thinks Gov. Paterson should bow Out of the 2010 election

He is not playing around.

Obama has sent word for Gov. Paterson to withdraw from the New York governor’s race. The reasons come from the mess Paterson has made like: the renegade senators flip flopping across the board and failed initiatives.

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.

I'm surprised about the president getting involved with this issue. Is there something we are missing here? Is there something bigger going down? Stay Tuned.



Daddy Squeeze Me! said...

uh oh!

lelocolon said...

I also think that he should go, mainly because Guiliani is jumping into the elections, and that will be horrible, trust me after 8 years as a mayor of NYC, I have seen evil close and personal. Guiliani is the an evil, homophobe paternalistic asshole.

David Dust said...

I agree with lelocolon - Giuliani will probably run if Gov. Patterson stays in.

I think Pres. Obama and his people realize how bad it would look for the Democratic Party if the Republicans won in a VERY Democratic (and big) state like NY. The pundits would blame it on Obama and declare that Obama is "bringing down the party". I think the White House just wants to avoid that scenario by forcing out Patterson and letting a strong Democrat (Andrew Cuomo) run instead.

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