Press releases have started flooding in with reaction to Gov. David Paterson’s announcement that he’s not running for election to a four-year term. Here are some:
— From Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County:
“Governor Paterson called me and informed me that he would end his campaign for Governor. I believe that he made the right decision. I told him that Senate Republicans were prepared to move forward on a bipartisan basis to address the budget and other pressing matters, and that hopefully the Senate and Assembly Democrats, unlike last year, would do so as well.
— From state Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs:
“By announcing his decision this afternoon to not seek a full term as Governor, David Paterson has clearly shown his commitment to the people of the State of New York, the Democratic Party and his colleagues in government. His personal sacrifice underscores his character and courage in a most difficult time for him personally. Governor Paterson entered office under extraordinary circumstances, immediately faced a financial crisis of historic proportions and has managed to keep New York State solvent while amassing an impressive record of accomplishments. The Governor’s action today reminds us of what it means to be a true public servant by putting The People First.”
— From Sen. Craig Johnson, D-Nassau County:
“In deciding not to seek a full term, Governor Paterson made a responsible decision in the wake of the disturbing scandal that has consumed his office. Prior to these most recent allegations of domestic violence and abuse of power, I was the first member of the Long Island delegation to call for Governor Paterson to not run this November. I was concerned that politics were distracting him from the business of running the state. Now, the Governor must now consider whether he can be an effective leader for New York during these difficult times.