Well, he ain’t quitting.
But Gov. Paterson announced he won’t run in November.
Just minutes ago, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli just released a statement, saying that the accidental governor should now bow out of the budget process. This is the statement in full:
“The Governor has made a wise choice to end his election campaign. Now he needs to make another wise choice and designate Lieutenant Governor Ravitch to negotiate the budget with the Legislature.
“The circumstances are difficult and the budget clock is ticking. New Yorkers can’t afford a government distracted during these rough economic times.
“Lieutenant Governor Ravitch has the integrity and experience to negotiate what will be a very difficult budget.
“I’ve already had a number of discussions with the Lieutenant Governor about the state budget. Now my office is prepared to take the next step. As the budget process continues, my staff is available to provide an independent analysis of revenue and spending proposals to ensure they are reasonable before the budget is passed.”