In NY, Paterson’s political support evaporates over latest scandal — UPDATED

UPDATE @ 9:55 a.m. Elizabeth Benjamin at the New York Daily News reports Paterson will announce today that he’s not running for reelection. He’s not resigning. Just not running, as of now, anyway. She includes this caveat:

The governor has a reputation for being wildly mercurcial and changing his mind at the last minute – particularly if he feels he’s backed into a corner.

What a mess in New York. And, I don’t mean the snow storm currently hitting the state.

The last governor quit over a scandal involving a prostitute. The current governor is embroiled in a scandal over domestic violence and its cover up. Since this story broke on Wednesday night, the calls for Paterson to end his gubernatorial campaign are coming from those closest to him:

A range of political allies and even some close friends urged Mr. Paterson privately and publicly to end his bid for election. They said his political standing had been irreparably damaged by revelations on Thursday that the State Police had contacted the woman pressing a domestic violence complaint against a close aide, and by the allegation that the governor had spoken with her a day before she was due back in court.

While no prominent Democrat called for Mr. Paterson to resign, several said it would be impossible for him to both govern and run a campaign while dealing with the allegations, which the governor has asked Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo to investigate. Other officials said that if an inquiry showed that Mr. Paterson tried to influence the woman’s decision not to continue the case, he should resign.

Those calling on Mr. Paterson to suspend his campaign included senior Democratic members of New York’s Congressional delegation, Albany lawmakers and black Democratic officials, including some from Harlem, generally considered Mr. Paterson’s political home base.

“I don’t think his campaign can go forward successfully — quite the opposite,” said State Senator Bill Perkins, a Democrat from Harlem who holds Mr. Paterson’s former seat. “This is a fatal blow, and it will probably only get worse. I just think that it’s clear that this is a storm he has to step away from.”

If it gets worse, Paterson will probably have to resign.

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