New NY Gov Admits Affair

Paterson and wife were both unfaithful for years
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2008 5:30 AM CDT
New York Gov. David Paterson puts on a head set before a radio show at the state Capitol in Albany, NY. Paterson has admitted having an extramarital affair but denies fathering a love child.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – 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."