Governor David Patterson of New York is a nice man, a decent person, and among the most ineffectual individuals ever to become governor of the state. He works a 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. day and just try getting him when he is at home in the evening. Several weeks ago a plane crashed in Buffalo, and no one could arouse the sleeping governor who was off into dreamland. The final blow to any chance he had of running for re-election came with the emergence of a domestic violence episode involving his former driver who somehow has become translated into a leading government authority and the gatekeeper to seeing the governor of New York. David Johnson is accused of domestic violence and David Patterson is accused of contacting the woman involved and offering “assistance,” whatever that means.
The path is now open for Andrew Cuomo to become the Democratic candidate for governor and he has built a reputation for honesty and effectiveness as attorney general. Now, how does New York get a good senatorial candidate? Gee, how about former governor Eliot Spitzer running for that position? Heck, if Tiger Woods can apologize, why can’t Eliot and get another crack at what he loves to do–be in politics?