(Feb. 26) — Gov. David Paterson of New York dropped his bid for election this afternoon, bowing to political pressure from leading Democrats amid anemic poll numbers and a new investigation into his administration's response to a domestic abuse claim against one of his top aides.
“There are times in politics when you have to know not to strive for service but to step back, and that moment has come for me,” Paterson said at a nationally televised news conference in Manhattan, his wife standing by his side.
The embattled governor said he was “being realistic about politics. It hasn’t been the latest distraction. It has been an accumulation of obstacles that have obfuscated me from getting my message out to the public.”
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