David Paterson, who succeeded Eliot Spitzer as governor of New York yesterday, has his own history of extramarital relations. He and his wife Michelle admitted in a joint interview with the New York Daily News that they were unfaithful during a rocky period in their 15-year marriage. But both denied the "sporadic rumor in Albany" that Paterson had fathered a love child.
"This was a marriage that appeared to be going sour at one point," Paterson conceded. That rocky patch saw Paterson begin a relationship with "a woman other than my wife" that started in 1999 and continued for more than two years. Michelle Paterson, who did not elaborate on her own infidelity, admitted: "Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods. What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out."