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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