Paterson: I'm Blind, But 'Not a Dope'
But they won't succeed, he tells Imus; 'I'm black, I'm blind, and still alive'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 11:36 AM CST

(Newser) – Beleaguered New York Gov. David Paterson lashed out today at a mysteriously “well-orchestrated” conspiracy to run him out of office, but maintained that he wasn’t going anywhere. “I’m black, I’m blind, and still alive,” he told Don Imus on his radio program. A New York Times piece on Paterson is thought to contain details of ... something—maybe corruption, or maybe affairs, but it has yet to be published.

“I don't know who it is,” Paterson said of his shadowy opposition, but he says they’re wrong. Rumors have been swirling around a recent lunch meeting in which Paterson is said to have kissed a woman that was not his wife, Politics Daily reports. “I’m blind, but I’m not a dope,” he told Imus. “I know everyone in the restaurant is looking at me for 45 minutes.” He also said an alleged quid pro quo gaming deal was totally above board.