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How long do you think it will be until New York State Governor Patterson resigns?

Asked by Dr_Dredd (10504 points ) March 3rd, 2010

The guy hasn’t had a good couple of weeks. First he announces his re-election bid, then has to drop it because of a scandal involving his intervention in a domestic violence case. (The case involved his aide; he may have intervened to try to stop the victim from pressing charges.

Now he’s up on ethics charges for getting free Yankees tickets. Will he go quietly, or will he pull a Mark Sanford?

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ragingloli's avatar

You forgot the third option: Pulling a Sarah Palin.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@ragingloli True. And then he can threaten discuss a run for President.

janbb's avatar

My guess is that it’s a matter of a few weeks; the New York Times seems to be riding the story pretty hard. Is there a lieutenant governor in New York? I guess there must be since that’s how he got in. Who would be governor if Patterson does resign?

Gee – I think New York is around to make New Jersey look good! (ducks head and runs)

Buttonstc's avatar

Yeah, it’s going to be any day now.

But if he pulls a Palin to try to save face, it doesn’t much matter.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

I think he’ll do it soon – he placed a Lt. Gov. pretty deliberately even though he didn’t need too.

JLeslie's avatar

I had the feeling he might try to stick it out in the end. Is that an impossibility?

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

@JLeslie He really could, but I get the feeling he doesn’t even like being governor.

MacBean's avatar

Too long. GTFO already, dude.

JLeslie's avatar

@JeanPaulSartre Why do you feel that way. Just a few months ago he was talking about running again.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

@JLeslie Yeah, and I think that it was maybe the politically accurate thing to do – I’m not sure he wasn’t just doing what was expected. It’s too bad… I really liked some of his views.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I don’t know if he likes being governor or not, but I think he definitely wanted to run. I got the impression that he sees it as a stepping stone to a higher office, but I don’t think he’s got a shot anymore.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

@Dr_Dredd Yeah, that’s over. He was never that popular to begin with. I seem to be a bad luck charm on governors where I live. First Blagojevich, then Spitzer, now this…

janbb's avatar

Oh – by the way, I read that Richard Ravitch is the Lieutenant Governor, so he will be Governor if Patterson quits.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@JeanPaulSartre Ouch! You were in Chicago, then NY?

@janbb Hmm. I don’t even know who Richard Ravitch is. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

janbb's avatar

@Dr_Dredd The NY Times (my source) said he’s a good man; however, as he was appointed by Patterson and not elected.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

@Dr_Dredd Well not Chicago, but in Illinois, and now NYC, yeah.

Buttonstc's avatar

There’s no doubt he enjoys being governor and all the perks, privilege and power that goes along with it.

But those in the know (staffers and others in the administration) have revealed that he’s not a fan of the work that goes along with it and does as little of it as possible.

Now why doesn’t that sound surprising. Hmmmm…...

Dr_Dredd's avatar

@Buttonstc I’m shocked, shocked!

Buttonstc's avatar

Yeah, me too.

:D

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