Blaming 'Obstacles,' Paterson Drops Out

Days after launching campaign for full term, NY governor leaves race
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 3:09 PM CST
New York Governor David Paterson, accompanied by his wife, Michelle, raises his hand to swear an oath during a news conference in New York, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(Newser) – David Paterson made it official this afternoon, putting an end to his campaign for a full term as New York governor just days after he launched it. The move came in the wake of a domestic violence scandal involving one of his closest advisers, but Paterson said he was "being realistic about politics. It hasn’t been the latest distraction, it’s been an accumulation of obstacles."

Responding to allegations that he had attempted to influence the woman accusing top aide David Johnson of assaulting her, Paterson said, "I have never abused my office—not now, not ever." He gave no indication that he intends to step down, though critics are calling for his resignation, the New York Times notes. "There are times not to strive for service but to step back," he said. "That moment has come for me."

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