[Guest post by DRJ]
The Obama Administration and New York Governor Paterson are at odds:
“President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.
The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said.
“Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern been conveyed to the governor? Yes.”
The administration officials and the Democratic operative spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions with the governor were intended to be confidential.”
Notes Ed Morrissey, “the White House idea of ‘confidential’ must be “leaking to everyone who has a pen and a piece of paper.”
Apparently these tactics aren’t working so well because Paterson says he’s still running. I guess he’s a tough sell. Maybe Obama will have better luck negotiating with Ahmadinejad and Putin.
UPDATE: GOP Chairman Michael Steele wonders why only the black governor has been asked to step down?
“It raises a curious point for me. I think Gov. Paterson’s numbers are about the same as Gov. Corzine’s. The president is with Gov. Corzine,” Steele said. The RNC chairman was referring to Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democratic New Jersey governor who is facing a tough reelection bid this year.
Steele also said he would be interested in black leaders’ response to the White House request.”