New York, NY —
New York’s political world was thrown into deeper chaos as the Associated Press reported, using sources in Washington, that the beleaguered Gov. David Paterson would announce that he is dropping out of the race for governor.
Gov. Paterson’s campaign was already on life support, he was suffering from chronically low poll numbers, a shortage of campaign cash, and a lack of backing from fellow Democrats. Now Paterson seems poised to pull the plug. Furor has been growing over a New York Times story that said the governor may have meddled in a domestic violence case against a top Paterson aid.
Once Paterson is no longer running for governor, he could have an even harder time winning approval from the legislature to close a looming multi-billion dollar budget gap. The spending plan is due at the end of March.
The governor is not likely to resign at this time. But Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a potential political rival, is conducting a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the domestic violence case, and if the probe finds any wrong doing, Paterson's plans to remain in office may have to change.
The governor plans to hold a press conference at 3:00 p.m, which will be carried live on WNYC.
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