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If Paterson Has To Resign, Too
New York Sun ^ | 22 mar 08 | HENRY STERN

Posted on 03/22/2008 6:18:54 AM PDT by rellimpank

Ten days have passed since Governor Spitzer's resignation, and events seem to be running even further ahead than expected.

When David Paterson was sworn in as the 55th governor of New York State, he received an enthusiastic reception from a joint session of the legislature. His speech was considered a success, demonstrating awareness of the state's acute financial crisis but not describing specific reductions.

What we did not know was that a few hours later, the new governor and his wife would hold a press conference dealing with mutual marital infidelity for two years at the turn of the century. The pair answered questions from the press and said they had come to a difficult period in their marriage, stayed together for the sake of the children, and are now in love again.

Even before that, on the day Mr. Spitzer resigned and Mr. Paterson held an impromptu press conference, the new governor was asked by New York Sun reporter Jacob Gershman whether he had ever used the services of a prostitute. Mr. Paterson waited a moment and then replied, "Only the lobbyists." This witty rejoinder to a possibly impertinent question enhanced his reputation as a regular fellow.

(Excerpt) Read more at nysun.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: corruptdems; governorbruno; newyork; paterson; patterson; spitzer

1 posted on 03/22/2008 6:18:55 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

What’s the line of succession? What happens when they run out of viable New Yorkers? Can they sub-contract the job out to a Texan?


2 posted on 03/22/2008 6:21:12 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: rellimpank
This witty rejoinder to a possibly impertinent question enhanced his reputation as a regular fellow.

...and, sadly, so have his recent revelations.

3 posted on 03/22/2008 6:21:25 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Osama: the ultimate superdelegate.)
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To: samtheman
What’s the line of succession? What happens when they run out of viable New Yorkers? Can they sub-contract the job out to a Texan Indian?
4 posted on 03/22/2008 6:22:20 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Osama: the ultimate superdelegate.)
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To: rellimpank
He should never have taken office. He could and should have done the honorable thing and stepped down.

Is the Democratic party overrun with corruption and lust for power? Is there no one in the Democratic Part with even a shred of honor?

5 posted on 03/22/2008 6:23:07 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: the invisib1e hand

More like a “regular DEMOCRAT fellow.”


6 posted on 03/22/2008 6:23:23 AM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: the invisib1e hand

No, the Indian is ours. They don’t get to have Bobby. We’re keeping Bobby for ourselves.


7 posted on 03/22/2008 6:24:18 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

Next in line is the Republican speaker of the NY Legislature.


8 posted on 03/22/2008 6:28:31 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Talk about poetic justice~


9 posted on 03/22/2008 6:29:12 AM PDT by JaneNC (I)
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To: samtheman

Next in line is State Senate majority leader Joe Bruno(R). Joe is 79 so sex might not be an issue, but he is under investigation by the feds for misusing his office to benefit contributors.


10 posted on 03/22/2008 6:29:26 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: rellimpank

Make no doubt, “opposition research” is already underway against the next in line just in case he resigns.


11 posted on 03/22/2008 6:30:17 AM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: rellimpank

Do you think he saw this coming?


12 posted on 03/22/2008 6:31:23 AM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm

-—he should have learned Braille-—


13 posted on 03/22/2008 6:32:59 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: rellimpank

Maybe they can get Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia to parachute in to serve as governor.

After all, New Yorkers seem happy with one carpet-bagging beeotch as their junior Senator, and Rockefeller’s got that (in)famous name...


14 posted on 03/22/2008 6:33:37 AM PDT by mkjessup (This year's presidential choices: "Speak No Evil, See No Evil, and Evil")
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To: samtheman
What's the line of succession?

Republican state senate president pro-tem Joseph Bruno, followed by Democrat assembly speaker Sheldon Silver. After that, God only knows.

15 posted on 03/22/2008 6:34:11 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (I'm here for a purpose. I know what my purpose is.)
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To: jdm

Do you think he cares? dems have always gotten on pass


16 posted on 03/22/2008 6:34:19 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: rellimpank

I hear Sharpton’s next in line...


17 posted on 03/22/2008 6:38:30 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
"Republican state senate president pro-tem Joseph Bruno,"

And that is the reason the media is not clamoring for another resignation.

18 posted on 03/22/2008 6:41:10 AM PDT by Williams
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To: samtheman
*** What’s the line of succession? What happens when they run out of viable New Yorkers? ***

There's a Coat Room Attendant in Albany getting fitted for a New Suit & Tuxedo as I type.

:-)

19 posted on 03/22/2008 6:41:24 AM PDT by Condor51 (If my nose was runnin' money, honey I'd blow it all on you.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Yes and they two are a couple of gems in their own right. Both New York & New Jersey are governed by corrupt swine.


20 posted on 03/22/2008 6:41:51 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obama! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: mkjessup
Maybe they can get Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia to parachute in to serve as governor.

Julie Annie seems to be looking for a new gig at the moment. Maybe they can get the "Nations Mayor" to once again come to their rescue. Bernie Kerick needs a job, too, I think!

21 posted on 03/22/2008 6:42:04 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: rellimpank
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and the RATS, take another one in the..................HA ha!!!

22 posted on 03/22/2008 6:44:53 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

If the current Assembly Speaker were to succeed to the Governor’s job and then become similarly compromised, it would lend the term “Hi-Ho Silver” a whole ‘nuther meaning...


23 posted on 03/22/2008 6:47:59 AM PDT by mikrofon (Away!)
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To: samtheman
Can they sub-contract the job out to a Texan?

Funny. Jeb Bush comes to mind as well.

24 posted on 03/22/2008 6:55:04 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED)
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To: BenLurkin

Is the Democratic party overrun with corruption and lust for power? Is there no one in the Democratic Part with even a shred of honor?

The answer to both questions is no. The real question is, are the GOP politicians significantly better?


25 posted on 03/22/2008 6:57:55 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (It's too bad I've already promised myself to never vote for McCain.)
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To: rellimpank

Mr. Stern thinks Mr. Silver should be governor. And who’s to say Mr. Silver isn’t a crook, too?


26 posted on 03/22/2008 7:01:33 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: rellimpank
Almost makes me proud of The Honorable Ed Rendell of the neighboring state of Pennsylvania.

Almost.

27 posted on 03/22/2008 7:17:05 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: BenLurkin
Is there no one in the Democratic Party with even a shred of honor?

Now that Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman are gone, probably not.

28 posted on 03/22/2008 7:53:20 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW!)
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To: xkaydet65; samtheman
Next in line is State Senate majority leader Joe Bruno(R). Joe is 79 so sex might not be an issue, but he is under investigation by the feds for misusing his office to benefit contributors.

If Patterson had to step down, I think the 'RATS would do everything they could to bring down Bruno. Wouldn't there have to be a special election to fill Bruno's old job as Senator. If a DemocRAT filled that seat, wouldn't the majority in the senate switch over to the DemocRATS? If that happened, might the DemocRATS want to get rid of Bruno and seat their own Majority Leader?

29 posted on 03/22/2008 8:05:48 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Bruno would have already been sworn in as governor...I would think it would take more than majority vote to remove him from office.


30 posted on 03/22/2008 8:14:12 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: BenLurkin
Is there no one in the Democratic Part with even a shred of honor?

When it comes to the acquisition and maintaining of power over others, NO!
31 posted on 03/22/2008 8:17:03 AM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: rellimpank

today it’s probably

abnormal

not to have had intermarital sex.


32 posted on 03/22/2008 8:24:43 AM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: rellimpank

Spitzer Successor Boasts He Never Had to Pay Any of His Own Money for Sex

New York’s Governor David Paterson (D) boasted that unlike his predecessor, the disgraced former Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer, he’s never paid high or low priced prostitutes for sex.

“Eliot doesn’t have mojo,” Paterson asserted. “When you’ve got mojo like I have the babes beg for it.”

Mojo, however, may not have been Paterson’s only asset in wooing the babes. It appears that campaign cash and appointments to state jobs may have played a role in greasing the skids for his liaisons.

At least two state employees have been alleged to have had illicit trysts with Paterson “during the rocky years of his marriage.” While there is no evidence of direct cash payments to any of the women, expenses incurred for hotels, meals, and “incidentals” were billed to his campaign as “constituent services.”

Paterson explained that he didn’t feel it was right for constituents to service him at their expense. “I am a gentleman,” Paterson said. “No gentleman makes a lady pay, especially if she is a constituent.”

read more...

http://www.azconservative.org/Semmens1.htm


33 posted on 03/22/2008 1:36:02 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

-—yor columns are great, John-—but you come almost too close to reality -—


34 posted on 03/22/2008 6:28:41 PM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Liz; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Thanks Liz.

Paterson’s Inn Trouble (billed taxpayers for 13 hotel stays 20 min from home)
NY Post | March 24, 2008 | Kenneth Lovett, Post Correspondent
Posted on 03/24/2008 9:07:13 AM EDT by Liz
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1990592/posts

Paterson Tells His Not-so-wise Man:
Thanks For Nothing (gov’s motel trysts spark more scrutiny)
NY Post | March 23, 2008 | Fred Dicker,
additional reporting by David Seifman, Georgett Roberts
Posted on 03/23/2008 11:10:41 AM EDT by Liz
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1990256/posts

The Albany Wall of Silence (Backstory: Paterson fired aide assaulted by state Senator)
NY Post | February 25, 2005 | Elizabeth Crothers
Posted on 03/24/2008 3:29:52 PM EDT by Liz
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1990812/posts

Will Joe Bruno Be New York’s 3rd Governor This Year?
[Breaking Update]
Red State | March 20, 2008
Posted on 03/20/2008 10:42:40 PM EDT by Clintonfatigued
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1989193/posts


35 posted on 03/24/2008 1:04:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv
STUDLY DAVE SAYS IT WITH 5G WORTH OF FLOWERS
NY POST By BRENDAN SCOTT

March 23, 2008 -- Add hopeless romantic to Gov. Paterson's fast-growing résumé. The new governor, who has admitted using campaign dollars to pay for suits, furniture and possibly hotel stays with an ex-lover, has spent nearly $5,000 of his election war chest on flowers in recent years.

Patterson's blooming flower budget includes at least 100 orders to 1-800-FLOWERS since August 2001, according to state campaign finance records. Paterson's staff could not produce documents to explain the purchases.

Such purchases came under sudden scrutiny since last Tuesday, when Paterson copped to carrying on extramarital affairs with several women in years past and said he might have funded at least one tryst with his campaign credit card. The disclosures came on his first full day as governor after Eliot Spitzer resigned.

On Friday, Paterson agreed to reimburse his campaign $252.17 for two nights in the Quality Inn on West 94th Street after his staff failed to find records of campaign aides staying there. Paterson also disclosed that he reimbursed his campaign for $2,138 in clothing and furniture.

The Jan. 20, 2003, flower bills suggested former state Sen. Ada Smith received one order of flowers. Patrice Lamelle, an employee with the Department of State, got the other.

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Ousted NY Assemblyman and corrupt Dem party boss Clarence Norman Norman was tried, convicted, and received successive jail-terms for similar campaign transgressions Paterson admits to. Norman used campaign funds for pricey clothes and shoes.....and more.

DID PATERSON DO THIS? (1) Norman is accused of filing vouchers for travel expenses with the Assembly even though the Kings County Democratic Party had already footed the bill. (2) Norman was sentenced last month to 2-6 years in prison for not reporting thousands of dollars in in-kind political contributions and pocketing a $5,000 check intended for his re-election committee.

NORMAN DUE THIRD TRIAL NY POST
By ZACH HABERMAN Feb 15, 2006 The state’s highest court says ousted Assemblyman Clarence Norman will have to face trial — again. The Court of Appeals said yesterday they would not listen to arguments by Norman’s legal team, who had hoped to get it to toss out charges that he cheated on his Assembly-paid travel expenses.

The dethroned Brooklyn Democratic Party boss, convicted twice last year of skirting campaign-finance rules, will now face his third criminal trial in less than seven months. Norman is accused of filing vouchers for travel expenses with the Assembly even though the Kings County Democratic Party had already footed the bill. He allegedly pulled off the penny-pinching scheme at least 76 times for a total of $5,585.“We are prepared to go to trial on March 6,” said Jerry Schmetterer, a spokesman for the Brooklyn DA’s Office. A lawyer for Norman did not return a call for comment.

Norman was sentenced last month to two to six years in prison for not reporting thousands of dollars in in-kind political contributions and pocketing a $5,000 check intended for his re-election committee. Norman also faces a fourth indictment for strong-arming judicial candidates into using specific people to print their campaign literature. He is currently free on $110,000 bail. zach.haberman@nypost.com http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/63611.htm

COULD BE A LOT OF THIS GOING AROUND IN NY POLITICS. RIGHT GOV PATERSON?

TOO BUSY’ POL: I FORGOT ABOUT $7,000
September 22, 2005 NY POST By JIM HINCH

Indicted (and later convicted) Brooklyn Dem boss Clarence Norman remembered his $13.75 bill for chicken wings, but somehow forgot to tell his campaign treasurer about more than $7,000 in allegedly illegal campaign contributions. That’s according to Norman’s testimony in his corruption trial. Prosecutors showed that in 2000, Norman billed his campaign account for $2.17 worth of toilet paper, $13.75 for the chicken and $42 for envelopes at Staples. But when it came to telling his campaign treasurer, Carmen Martinez, about thousands in printing bills he got an auto lobbyist to cover, Norman was suddenly “too busy.” Norman admitted that if he had told Martinez, she would have reported the bills — which exceeded the $3,100 legal limit — to regulators. Still, Supreme Court Justice Martin Marcus knocked two counts off Norman’s rap sheet

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/28382.htm

36 posted on 03/24/2008 2:23:55 PM PDT by Liz (I spent $60 million and got one lousy delegate. Rudy Giuliani)
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To: Liz

Cut to the chase....how many little bastards does he have runnin round?

More than Jessee?

More than Big Al?


37 posted on 03/24/2008 2:28:29 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: bert

Good question.

With all those sexcapades, musta been a few impending fatherhoods.

Although with abortion-worshippers like these depraved Dimocrats, love of abortion is a convenience to eradicate evidence of serial adultery.


38 posted on 03/24/2008 2:46:04 PM PDT by Liz (I spent $60 million and got one lousy delegate. Rudy Giuliani)
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To: Liz

Gosh, I guess every one of his supporters will have to dig a little deeper for the next campaign. He can really use the money. ;’)


39 posted on 03/24/2008 3:01:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv
.....his supporters will have to dig a little deeper for the next campaign. He can really use the money....

Yeah, he hasn't even started porking all the chicks in the governor's office, yet....God knows how much that'll cost the taxpayers.

40 posted on 03/24/2008 3:14:11 PM PDT by Liz (I spent $60 million and got one lousy delegate. Rudy Giuliani)
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