• Barack Obama,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    Obama Fumbles: David Paterson Still Running for New York Governor

    Makes one wonder if Obama’s political shop has collapsed.

    Gov. David A. Paterson defiantly vowed to run for election next year despite the White House‘s urging that he withdraw from the New York governor’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.

    “I have said time and time again that I am running for governor next year,” 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 “discuss confidential conversations.”

    “I’m not talking about any specific conversations,” he said. “As I said, I am running for office.”

    President Obama had sent a request to Mr. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’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.

    “Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern been conveyed to the governor? Yes.”

    The administration officials and the Democratic operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions with the governor were intended to be confidential.

    The president’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.

    Who knows?

    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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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Polling,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: 2010 New York Governor’s Race Has Rudy Giuliani Far Ahead of Governor David Paterson

    New York Governor's Poll

    In the latest Rasmussen poll, Republican and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is far ahead of incumbent New York Governor David Paterson. Rudy is behind if he runs against Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo but by only 7 points.

    It’s a knockout for Rudy Giuliani if he’s the Republican candidate for governor in New York next year running against incumbent Democrat David Paterson. But if Andrew Cuomo is Giuliani’s opponent, chalk up a win for the Democrat. At least that’s the way it looks in the summer of 2009.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Giuliani beating Paterson by 22 points, 55% to 33%. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent are undecided.

    However, Cuomo tops Giuliani by seven points – 48% to 41% – in a match-up between the two, with six percent (6%) favoring some other candidate and six percent (6%) not sure who they’ll vote for.

    At this point, it appears Giuliani is likely to face the tougher of the two Democrats since a survey of Democratic Primary voters shows Cuomo ahead of Paterson 61% to 27%.

    But, will Andrew Cuomo be able to push out David Paterson?

    And, with Obama’s and generic Democrat Party poll numbers in the tank, will Cuomo decide to run in a tough race against Republican Rudy?

    Stay tuned……

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  George Pataki,  Rudy Giuliani

    Andrew Cuomo Leads Latest Poll for New York Governor 2010 Race

    The latest Rasmussen poll does not look good for Republicans Rudy Giuliani or George Pataki if New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo runs from the Democrat side.

    But, if incumbent New York Governor David Paterson runs it is a diffferent story.


    But, at this stage of the race who is to say who will run for what, especially with a United States Senate seat thrown into the mix.

    It is far from clear that either Giuliani or Pataki will seek the office. Sen. John Cornyn, head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, reportedly approached Pataki about a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

    Stay tuned…..

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Polling,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: Rudy Giuliani Gains in New York Governor Race

    New York Gov. Paterson Gets Low Scores From All Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Giuliani Narrows Gap With Cuomo In Governor’s Race

    With polling results from the latest Qunnipiac University New York Governor’s race is there ANY doubt that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will run next year?

    In an early look at the 2010 Governor’s race, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani leads Paterson 54 – 32 percent. Giuliani leads 86 – 6 percent among Republicans and 60 – 21 percent among independent voters, while Democrats back Paterson 56 – 30 percent. Giuliani leads 62 – 25 percent among white voters and 51 – 42 percent among Hispanics, while black voters back Paterson 64 – 18 percent.

    Cuomo leads Giuliani 47 – 41 percent in a head-to-head matchup, down from a 53 – 36 percent lead April 6. Independent voters have shifted from 49 – 38 percent for Cuomo April 8 to 44 – 40 percent for Giuliani today. In this latest survey, Giuliani leads 80 – 9 percent among Republicans while Democrats back Cuomo 78 – 16 percent. Cuomo leads 76 – 13 percent among black voters and 52 – 40 percent among Hispanics, as white voters go to Giuliani 47 – 42 percent.

    “If the Republicans nominate Mayor Giuliani, he beats Paterson by a lot. Cuomo beats Giuliani but that lead is shrinking as independent voters shift to the Republican. That’s a trend to watch,” Carroll said.

    There is already a Draft Rudy website, a Facebook group and a Twitter account set up for a Rudy run for Governor. With Flap’s experience in the Giuliani for President campaign this is not established with at least some input from the Rudy folks.

    The only question now is whether with deteriorating poll numbers will New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo take a chance running for Governor or let the New York Democrats twist in the wind with David Paterson?

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    New York Governor David Paterson Clowns Wheelchair Bound Blind Guy – Giuliani Prepares to Run

    Good grief. And, this parody from the New York Governor who was so upset with Saturday Night Live’s parody of him.

    “The Governor engages in humor all the time, and he can certainly take a joke. However, this particular Saturday Night Live skit unfortunately chose to ridicule people with physical disabilities and imply that disabled people are incapable of having jobs with serious responsibilities. The Governor is sure that Saturday Night Live, with all of its talent, can find a way to be funny without being offensive. Knowing the Governor, he might even have some suggestions himself.”

    Here is the original ad to which David Paterson is responding so you can see the context.

    Why Are You Doing This? from Elizabeth Benjamin on Vimeo.

    Is there ANY doubt that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will rin against this MORON? Now, will Attorney General Andrew Cuomo change his mind?

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: New York Voters Disapprove of Governor David Paterson 60 – 28 Per Cent

    Daivd Patrerson March 27 2009

    New York Gov. David Paterson, center, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, listen to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Friday, March 27, 2009. Paterson and legislative leaders have agreed to ease drug laws that were once among the harshest in the nation and led a movement more than 30 years ago toward mandatory prison terms

    Hello, New York Governor Rudy Giuliani.

    New York State voters disapprove 60 – 28 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, the lowest approval ever for a New York Governor, and say 63 – 22 percent that he does not deserve to be elected to a full four-year term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Gov. Paterson’s approval is so low that he should announce now that he won’t run for election to a four-year term next year, 53 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, while 39 percent say he can restore his reputation and should run next year. Even Democrats say 49 – 45 percent that he should drop out of the race now.

    New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, with a near-record high 75 – 14 percent approval rating, tops Paterson in a Democratic primary 61 – 18 percent.

    In a general election, Republican Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, tops Paterson 53 – 32 percent.

    Cuomo tops Giuliani 53 – 36 percent in a head-to-head matchup.

    But, will Andrew Cuomo be persuaded to run?

    Anyone want to be with these continuing poor poll numbers that President Obama appoints Paterson to some meaningless administration job thus clearing the path for Cuomo?

    Or some other more popular Democrat?

    And, will that in turn force Rudy from the race?

    Stay tuned…..

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  • David Paterson,  Jon Stewart,  Rush Limbaugh

    Rush Limbaugh and Leaving New York

    Jon Stewart yesterday on The Daily Show

    Rush Limbaugh says he is leaving New York due to excess taxation.

    Conservative standard bearer Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience that if Governor David Paterson’s new budget passes, he’ll move his show out of New York.

    He told listeners, “I don’t know what the breaking point is … when people leave, I’m leaving … I’ll sell my condominium, I’ll sell my apartment. I’m going to get out of there totally. This is just absurd.”

    Limbaugh is just one of many New Yorkers angry about the Governor’s weekend proposal to hike taxes for those making more than $250,000. The controversial talking head, who came clean about an addiction to pain killers in October 2003, is well in tune to his reputation in the Big Apple.

    “New York is probably going to celebrate that I’m not going to come back … They hate me, so they’re happy I’m not coming back,” he said on his radio show. “They’re going to praise Paterson for driving me out, even though I am rarely there anyway.”

    Limbaugh quoted a statement made by Mayor Bloomberg years ago saying that, “there are 40-50,000 taxpayers in this city of 8 million that pay so much tax they essentially support the city. If even 5,000 of them leave because of the tax hikes, there’ll be a big problem.”

    This is certainly Limbaugh’s perogative and the fact that New York Governor is being reported to have said that if he knew that Rush would leave the state then he would have raised taxes earlier certainly cannot be settling for high income New York earners.

    Besides left-wing comedian Jon Stewart can pay his fair share instead.

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: Rudy Giuliani Beating New York Governor David Paterson 53 – 38%

    Rudy Giuliani March 3 2009

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaiging for Republican James Tedisco in the New York Conressional District 20 in Duchess County, New York, March 2, 2009

    The latest Marist poll shows Rudy Giuliani surging into a lead against New York Governor David Paterson.


    Paterson now trails Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the Democrat nomination 62-26% – meaning that David Paterson would not be the Democrat nominee if the election were held today.


    Andrew Cuomo is beating Rudy Giuliani 56-39%.

    Should Rudy run for New York Governor, he will be in a tough race.

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  • David Paterson,  Michael Bloomberg,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: New York Governor David Paterson Loses 2010 Race Lead to Bloomberg and Giuliani


    New York Governor David Paterson and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

    Not a good week for New York Governor David Paterson. He appoints Blue Dog Democrat Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand to Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate seat and trashes Caroline Kennedy in the process. The LEFT and the Kennedy Klan are pissed and may gun for him at Democrat Primary time.

    Now, the latest Marist poll has him losing to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and tied with Rudy Giuliani in a 2010 race for re-election as New York Governor.

    If the 2010 election for governor were held today, Paterson would lose when matched against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  47% say they would rather vote for Bloomberg compared with 41% who say they would cast their ballot for the incumbent governor.  Bloomberg has consistently been a formidable potential opponent.  While Paterson edged out Bloomberg by four percentage points in Marist’s November survey, Bloomberg outpaced Paterson by 11 percentage points in October.  Paterson has also lost ground when matched up against former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  In Marist’s previous polls, Paterson repeatedly distanced himself from the Republican.  His hypothetical lead in November was 10 percentage points.  Currently, Paterson and Giuliani are in a statistical dead heat.  Paterson receives 46% of voters’ support while Giuliani garners 47%.

    The New York Democrat Party is not stupid and David Paterson is a sure loser to Bloomberg or Giuliani in 2010. The Dems will convince Paterson to accept some federal appointment from Obama and run Andrew Cuomo, Jr. as their Governor nominee.

    If not, the next Governor of New York will be Bloomberg or Rudy.

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