Sunday, September 20, 2009

Paterson to Obama: "Don't Hold Your Breath"

This is so great. The White House is pleading with NY Governor David Paterson not to run for office in 2010. Given Paterson's approval ratings hover around 30%, the Obama Administration is worried that the Democrat will hurt his party's Congressional races.

From the NYT:
Gov. David A. Paterson defiantly vowed to run for election next year despite the White House‘s urging that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race. [...]

President Obama and his political team is worried that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, and have signaled to him he should not run, two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation said Saturday.

The move 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.

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.Top Democrats 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.
This guy has been vexing Obama since he took office last year. Though I couldn't care less about NY politics, this bit of Democratic in-fighting is so fun to behold.