Thursday, March 04, 2010

The Stations of David Paterson's Cross


This morning on the radio I heard someone refer to the current political process engulfing New York Governor David Paterson. A reference was made to "the crucifixion of David Paterson" - and I wondered at which station of Paterson's cross we were at, and how many more before he succumbs and has to go...

It certainly seems as if someone is trying very very hard this Lenten Season to remove Paterson from office. What forces might they be? New Yorkers are holding their collective breath, wondering what will happen next.

Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos says the accusations against Governor David Paterson “rise to the level of resignation"...

In his political career, Paterson has been running all the yellow lights on the highway of life.

Some Nails to date

Canoodling at a restaurant

Son picked up by cops for allegedly gambling; in posession of someone else's credit card.

Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG)

Denise O'Donnell resigns

Head of State Police resigns

Another one bites the dust:
"I have been honored to serve the people of New York during a difficult time in our state’s history. As a former officer in the United States Navy, integrity and commitment to public service are values I take seriously. Unfortunately, as recent developments have come to light, I cannot in good conscience continue in my current position. I have notified the Governor that I am resigning as Director of Communications." - Peter E. Kauffmann


Today will be my last day in the Executive Chamber. This will be the extent of my comments at this point. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions.
Yankee tix
Paterson was accused Wednesday of breaking ethics laws when he sought and obtained free Yankees tickets for the 2009 World Series and then may have lied about his intention to pay for them, according to a state report.

He faces penalties of nearly $100,000, and the case was referred to the Albany County prosecutor's office and the state attorney general for possible criminal investigation into whether Paterson or anyone else gave false answers to questions by the Public Integrity Commission or backdated a check to pay for the tickets.
Read the notice on the charges(.pdf).
Speaker Silver weighed in... only to get smacked:
Women's rights advocate Kristin Davis, who announced her candidacy for Governor of New York on Monday, today assailed New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for attempting to block embattled Governor David Paterson from the upcoming budget talks. "If covering up a sexual assault by a staff member is a criteria for being excluded from upcoming budget talks, then Sheldon Silver should not have a seat at the table," said Davis. "Sheldon Silver shielded a top member of his staff from rape charges only to have him rape a second woman."


"Silver's actions are even worse than the allegations against Paterson," said Davis, formerly known as the Manhattan Madam who supplied escorts for Eliot Spitzer and served four months on Rikers Island for doing so. "Sheldon Silver and the Assembly conducted a whitewash investigation clearing his top Aide, then paid a half million dollars of taxpayers' money to settle a lawsuit that would have revealed Silver's failure to fully investigate rape charges against his top Aide Michael Boxley," said Davis who has pledged to collect enough signatures to put her Independent candidacy on the ballot. "Only when Silver's counsel Michael Boxley attacked and raped another woman was Silver forced to act."


"There cannot be a double standard of justice; one for the political class, and one for the average citizen," said Davis. "Sheldon Silver's handling of sexual assault by his top staffer means he is no better than Boxley, Spitzer or Monserrate. Like Paterson, he attempted to cover up a sexual assault. Sheldon Silver is in no position to judge David Paterson or anyone else."


Davis, 34, is running of Governor on a platform of legalizing prostitution and marijuana and taxing both to solve New York economic problems. She pled guilty to promoting prostitution and her bail was set at $2 million.


"Why is it that men can behave badly and assault women and pay no price, while women are penalized?" said Davis a former Hedge Fund Vice President who created the most successful escort service in history. "Michael Boxley got six month probation and $1,000 fine for what was, in fact, a rape. I did four months hard-time on Rikers Island and forfeited more than $5 million for a victimless crime."

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