David Paterson Announces to Serve out Inherited Term From Spitzer
David Paterson revealed on Friday to serve out the term he inherited from Eliot Spitzer two years ago but would end his bid for a full four-year term.
"I hope that history will remember that I fought the good fight, that I did what was hard and I put the people first," he posted.
The good fight involved switching some long, mandatory prison sentences for drug offenders to stays in drug rehab programs, framing gay marriage as a civil right to advance it closer to law, and cutting billions in spending during a fiscal crisis.
The final push to end Paterson's campaign and the undoing of his troubled administration came this week in a New York Times report that reported that state police and Paterson was allegedly involved in a domestic violence case involving Dennis "D.J." Johnson, a trusted aide.
Paterson had hired Johnson more than 10 years ago to his Senate staff; with a view to give a second chance to escape then-crack riddled Harlem. Johnson flourished, rising from indefatigable intern to driver to trusted confidant.
The governor reportedly suspended Johnson without a salary and requested to initiate an aggressive investigation into the domestic abuse case and his own compliance.
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