Former Gov. David Paterson said this morning that he won’t run for Congress, ending speculation that he would run for the seat held by veteran Rep. Charles Rangel.
But Paterson, the governor from 2008 through 2010 after Eliot Spitzer resigned, said he wouldn’t seek the seat. Paterson has an afternoon talk show in New York City.
“As a long-time resident of Harlem I have always had a very strong affinity for the issues and events that impact the 13th Congressional District,” Paterson said in a statement. “I have also always believed that answering the call to public service is an endeavor that can only be undertaken at one hundred percent capacity, unwavering in the commitment required to effectively represent those that would elect someone to lead. Over the past months speculation surrounding the possibility of attempting to potentially succeed Congressman Charles Rangel has arisen and, with the 2014 election cycle rapidly approaching, I would like to make it clear that I have no intention of running for Congress in the 13th District, either now or in the future.
The statement continues: “Since leaving the Governor’s office I have had the good fortune to explore many exciting opportunities in broadcasting and other private endeavors while continuing to be active in public service at the MTA and also finding time to travel and spend time with loved ones. I anticipate a number of exciting opportunities in the coming weeks and months, but running for Congress will not be one of them.
“Further, Charles Rangel has been an exemplary leader in our community and continues to fight every day for the people throughout the entirety of the district. It is my hope that he will run for re-election and continue to be our representative in Washington.”