'To weaken and undermine the governor beyond the weakness that already exists at a time when he will be the governor for the next 15 months, to me just doesn't serve the interest of the state, doesn't serve the interest of the country.'
And former State Comptroller Carl McCall agrees. He says especially during the fiscal crisis Paterson needs everyone's support.
'We've all got to get behind David Paterson because of the job that he has to do. At some point when we get these big issues behind us, we should come together and decide who is the best person to lead the Democratic party.'
The governor and the president were upstate together at an event in Troy, New York today. Obama referred to Paterson as a 'wonderful man' in his speech.The White House reportedly fears that Paterson's dismal approval numbers could drag down the whole Democratic ticket next year, when newly-appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and several newly-Democratic House seats, are on the ballot.