Paterson asked to leave race
New York Governor David Paterson is being urged by chief Democrats to leave the gubernatorial race, in order not to jeopardize other democratic candidates in various government races:
President Obama is urging embattled New York Gov. David Paterson not to seek a full term, according to a published report Saturday.
Obama's action apparently was prompted by fears that the unpopular governor could prove a liability to other Democrats running for Congress or the state Legislature next fall, according to the New York Times.
The newspaper credited two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative for the information, but did not name them.
The Times said the president's request was passed on to Paterson by Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, a Democrat from Queens, who has a strong relationship with the governor.
Apparently, all things considered, this is a fairly extraordinary request, coming from Obama. From "Obama Gives Up on Paterson", in Time Magazine's political blog, "Swampland":
Has Obama asked beleaguered and unpopular NY Governor David Paterson to drop out of the race to keep his seat? That's what the New York Times is reporting. If true, this is fairly extraordinary. It's highly unusual for a president to step in and tell a governor who is not facing something like a crippling scandal or imminent indictment that his time is up. And when it's the first black president telling one of only two black governors to clear the way for someone else...that definitely falls into the category of Stories You Never Expected To Read.
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