Count ’em– there are now three separate investigations involving Gov. David Paterson. That’s not a lucky number.
There’s the latest scandal– the taking of free Yankee tickets for a the first game of the 2009 World Series that’s gotten and then allegedly lying under oath that he intended to pay for them. That’s gotten him in hot water with the state’s Public Integrity Commission and could get him in further trouble with the Albany District Attorney’s Office.
Then there’s the allegations that he pressured a woman to drop her bid for an order of protection against David Johnson, Paterson’s pal who assaulted the woman at a Halloween party.
And of course, there’s the probe by both the state Inspector General’s Office and the U.S. Attorney that there was very funny business involved in the selection of AEG, a politically connected firm, to run the racino at Acqudeduct.
Today I asked the political consultant and commentator Mike Edelman the question dejour: How much longer can Paterson last in office?
“Twenty-four hours,” Edelman said without hesitation.
Edelman said the tea leaves are in place for Paterson to resign some time tomorrow afternoon.
Paterson usually makes his bad-news announcements on Friday, for one thing. Also, Richard Ravitch, the lieutenant governor, has canceled all his meetings tomorrow. Finally, a meeting concerning Paterson’s future, convened by Aal Sharpton, is being held tonight in Harlem– the governor’s home base.
All of this, Edelman, predicted, adds up to adios.
Now here’s another number– five.
If Paterson were to resign, that means that come Jan. 1, 2011, New York will have a total of five governors in five calendar years.