I Used Cocaine: NY Governor

Spitzer's successor under fire again
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 4:37 AM CDT
New York Gov. David Paterson, right, and his wife Michelle Paige Paterson confessed to having extramarital affairs. Now the governor says he used drugs.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – One week after revealing he had extramarital affairs, New York Gov. David Paterson has also admitted using marijuana and cocaine. Patterson used drugs in the 70s when he was 23, he said in an interview on TV news channel New York 1. Paterson, the state's first black and first blind governor, succeeded Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in a call-girl scandal.

Despite his revelations about his personal life, Paterson told the TV interviewer he would not stand down. "Maybe one night if I get frustrated and jump across the desk and kill you for all these questions you’re asking me, I guess I'll have to step down as governor," he quipped.