Gov Paterson will not seek re-election
Gov. David Paterson pulls plug on election bid, but will not resign: insider
BY Kenneth Lovett
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Originally Published:Friday, February 26th 2010, 9:39 AM
Updated: Friday, February 26th 2010, 9:57 AM
Embattled Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his election bid, a source close to the governor said Friday.
Paterson will announce the decision later Friday.
Paterson has been under fire for having contacted a woman who accused one of his top aides of domestic violence.
The source said the governor has agreed not to seek election, but he will not resign - opting to serve out the remainder of his term.
The decision clears the way for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is the favorite of many Democrats, to seek the nomination unimpeded.
Cuomo's office is investigating whether Paterson and the state police improperly contacted the woman, Sherr-una Booker, who made the allegations against his aide, David Johnson.
As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.