Gov. David Paterson gave what will surely do down as one of the political quotes of 2010 yesterday when, at a press conference, he answered the rumors he was about to resign.
“The only way I’m not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box,” he said, “and the only way that I will be leaving the office before is in a box.”
That’s a gem. I guess if the governor goes stark-raving beserk and, say, in a fit of rage strangles Sen. Hiram Monserrate to death, or decides to streak naked down Washington Avenue in Albany he still won’t leave office. He’ll have to be dynamited out of there.
But Paterson’s frustration over the rumors is at least understandable. What’s odd, however, is that it was reported by every news organization in the state yesterday and today, except The New York Times. There is nothing in today’s print edition about Paterson’s comment.
The problem might be that The Times is part of the story, which isn’t really a story…or is it? Newspapers aren’t supposed to print rumors, afterall. Still, it’s kind of weird that the so-called paper of record has remained silent when everybody else is yakking and peering through the blinds like Mrs. Kravitz.
The barrage of rumors that took off last week and kept rolling through the weekend and into this week had Paterson was ready to call it quits because a Times profile was supposedly going to expose the governor’s extra-marital dalliances, making life so politically impossible for him that he would finally be forced to resign.
Paterson said at yesterday’s press conference that he was interviewed for a piece that has yet to be published. But he said he was not asked about his personal conduct, which by his own admission has included drug use and infidelity. Frankly, I find that a little hard to believe.
So now we’re waiting to see what The Times does print.