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Goodbye David Paterson? Governor’s Top Aide Holds Emergency Meeting With Entire Staff, Topic Unknown (But Likely Guessed)

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Update: Nope. It’s not what everyone expected. MSNBC reports this is the resignation of the director of communications. It appears Patterson is sticking until the bitter end.

Is this the end for troubled New York Governor David Paterson? The Wall Street Journal has just reported that “his top aide is convening an emergency meeting of the administration’s entire staff Thursday afternoon. Larry Schwartz, the governor’s chief of staff, alerted the staff about the 2:30 p.m. EST meeting by email on Thursday, but didn’t specify what would be discussed.”  One thing is certain: the New York governor, presiding over a state which recently was declared to be out of cash as early as March (so, well, now), will likely be all to happy to hand over the baton to his replacement, most likely current AG Cuomo.

More from the WSJ:

The Democratic governor has been battling intense pressure to resign from office amid allegations that he and state troopers sought to influence witness testimony in a domestic-violence dispute involving one of his closest aides, David Johnson.

The scandal, which is under investigation by New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, has already prompted the resignation of two high-level officials, including the superintendent of the state police, Harry Corbitt.

On Wednesday, a state commission accused the governor of falsely testifying under oath that he intended to pay for several World Series tickets he received for free last fall. The commission referred the case for criminal prosecution.

For those of you interested in recapping the key events in what appears to be the soon to be former Governor’s career, the WSJ provides his handy interactive graphic.


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