David Paterson was inaugurated today as New York’s new governor, following the resignation of former rising-star politician Eliot Spitzer amid a prostitution scandal. But he already made his first mark with reporters last Thursday, when he was asked by a reporter whether he himself had ever patronized a prostitute. Paterson’s response:
“Only the lobbyists.”
Too bad Paterson will probably not be in his new office for long. Expectations are that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is term-limited from seeking re-election, will be recruited to run for the governor’s seat in 2010. Though whether he’d run as a Democrat (which he was for most of his life), a Republican (which he morphed into to be elected mayor), or an Independent (which he became last summer) is pretty much anybody’s guess.
READ MORE: “Paterson Will Be an Unlikely Governor,” by Ben Smith (The Politico).