Paterson Pal Talks to Police in Abuse Scandal

Times tightens screws on governor, editorial suggests he step down
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2010 8:16 AM CST
New York Gov. David Paterson talks to reporters as he leaves the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

(Newser) – The New York Times tightened the screws on David Paterson today, with yet another report detailing the governor’s alleged role in covering up a domestic abuse incident for a senior aide. An editorial calls it "gross abuse of office" and urges him to resign unless he can clear himself. A Times source says that Deneane Brown, a friend to both Paterson and Sherr-una Booker, the woman accusing the aide of domestic abuse, has spilled the beans to investigators, telling them that the governor used her as a go-between to pressure Booker.

According to the source, Brown said that Paterson told her to relate a message to Booker: “Tell her the governor wants her to make this go away.” Brown later set up a phone conversation between Paterson and Booker. The next day, Booker missed a court appearance, and the case was dismissed. It’s the most explicit description yet of Paterson’s involvement, and comes amid ever-louder calls for his resignation. A Times editorial called it a "sordid" tale, noting that neither the governor nor any of his aides should have been talking to Booker.

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