Governor David Patterson (D-NY) is bowing out of the 2010 election after a scandal surrounding a domestic violence case made headlines.
Patterson, who assumed the seat after former Governor Eliot Spitzer was exposed for having an affair with a call girl, has already had a spotty past and sliding poll numbers. However, nothing could have injured him as the story the New York Times printed this week did. In the story, the Times reported that Patterson’s campaign aide, David Johnson, is at the center of domestic violence allegations from his former girlfriend. It is alleged that Patterson worked to protect Johnson from being charged with battery and fighting the woman’s restraining order by involving State Police in the matter.
Patterson has campaigned on a platform of reforming domestic violence cases and ensuring more victims are protected from their abusers. The Johnson allegations have damaged the Governor’s credibility, and he finally bowed to pressure from Washington and Albany Democrats to drop his race- clearing the way for State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to run.
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