Post: Paterson Not Seeking Full Term

The New York Post is now reporting that New York Governor David Paterson will not be seeking a full term in an upcoming election.

Citing “multiple sources,” the Post says Paterson will announce between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today that he’s dropping out of the race.

Today, several New York papers, including the Post and the Daily News, published editorials calling for Paterson’s resignation in light of Wednesday evening’s New York Times report that said he called a woman alleging assault against one of his aides, shortly before the woman was slated to appear in court to press her case. The story also revealed that State Police officers from Paterson’s security detail, who had no jurisdiction over the matter, visited the woman regarding her case.

The Times story has already left Paterson and his administration reeling. On Thursday, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise O’Donnell resigned, saying that the conduct of State Police was “the antithesis of what many of us have spent our entire careers working to build — a legal system that protects victims of domestic violence and brings offenders to justice.”

Friends of Paterson in New York’s Democratic Party, including Steve Israel of Long Island and Nita Lowey, have also begun saying that the governor should not seek another term. The Post quotes Lowey: “Aside from the allegations, the political reality is the governor cannot be an effective candidate or official for New York.”