Michael Steele said it was â€œcuriousâ€ on why the White House would ask New York Gov. David Paterson (D) not to run for reelection in 2010.
â€œI found that to be stunning, that the White House would send word to one of only two black governors in the country not to run for reelection,â€ Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), said on CBSâ€™s Face The Nation.
Steele was commenting on a report in The New York Times that said an intermediary of President Barack Obama sent word to Paterson that he should not run, considering his low approval ratings. Asked by host Bob Schieffer if race played a role in the White Houseâ€™s decision to ask Paterson to back off from campaigning, Steele said he didnâ€™t think so.
â€œIt raises a curious point for me. I think Gov. Patersonâ€™s numbers are about the same as Gov. Corzineâ€™s. The president is with Gov. Corzine,â€ Steele said.
Good Neil Lewis NYT story on John Edwards today–not much news that a local TV station, the National Enquirer and even kausfiles didn't have more than a month ago, except this fabulous nugget (from Ex-Fall Guy Andrew Young's book proposal):
Mr. Young says that he assisted the affair by setting up private meetings between Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter. He wrote that Mr. Edwards once calmed an anxious Ms. Hunter by promising her that after his wife died, he would marry her in a rooftop ceremony in New York with an appearance by the Dave Matthews Band.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney reflects conservatives' growing confidence when he taunts Democrats, saying "I'll bet you never dreamed you'd look back at Jimmy Carter as the good old days."
Republicans at the Values Voter Summit Saturday talked of a growing political rebellion in the country, even as they acknowledged Democrats currently have the upper hand.
Romney recalled the euphoria among Democrats at the time President Barack Obama was elected.
"A year ago, there were quite a few people who were ready to write off this movement. They were enthralled by Barack Obama's promise of near-Biblical transformations," Romney said in comments prepared for Saturday's meeting. "Well, he can still spin a speech, but he can't spin his record."
Gov. David A. Paterson defiantly vowed to run for election next year despite the White Houseâ€˜s urging that he withdraw from the New York governorâ€™s race.
Appearing tired and agitated at a parade in Harlem on Sunday, the governor told a crowd of reporters that he would not abandon his campaign to seek a full term.
â€œI have said time and time again that I am running for governor next year,â€ he said at the 40th annual African-American Day Parade.
Mr. Paterson would not characterize what he was told by the White House, saying that he would not â€œdiscuss confidential conversations.â€
â€œIâ€™m not talking about any specific conversations,â€ he said. â€œAs I said, I am running for office.â€
President Obama had sent a request to Mr. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governorâ€™s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.
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.
â€œIs there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,â€ the second administration official said Saturday evening. â€œHas that concern been conveyed to the governor? Yes.â€
The administration officials and the Democratic operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions with the governor were intended to be confidential.
The presidentâ€™s request was conveyed to the Mr. Paterson by Representative Gregory W. Meeks, a Queens Democrat, who has developed a strong relationship with the Obama administration, they said.
Obama, Rahm and Axelrod know that Paterson will not beat former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. But, they have fumbled the delicate balance of forcing out Paterson and giving him a face saving prize to clear the field for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Maybe it was the resentment of the Caroline Kennedy – Hillary Clinton mess.
But, Paterson is so far down in the polls Rudy Giuliani will be an easy winner and the New York GOP WILL make a come back.
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And, how about “BLUE” bankrupt California whose legislature has been dominated by Democrats for decades.
When will these communities figure out they have been ill served?
Another fifty years?
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