Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, had some tough words for Gov. David Paterson today, calling him a “coke-snorting, staff-banging governor.”
Parker, who was recently charged with attacking a New York Post photographer, said Paterson has shown a lack of leadership. He brought up Paterson’s prior admission of past drug use and marital infidelity.
“He’s talked about how absurd this is,” Parker said. “But how absurd is it to have a, you know, coke-snorting, staff-banging governor lecture us about behavior in government. The reality if he wants to be somebody who brings us together, let him do that.”
Parker said Paterson should be bringing the sides together, but is instead throwing out “insults and accusations.”
Paterson has been drawing the ire of senators in his own party, who claim Paterson is illegally calling the sessions and demanding that they stay in Albany.
Paterson later told reporters that said senators are focusing on him instead of getting back to work.
“The issue is about the people of the state of New York,” he said. “The distractions, the whatever it is, is really just designed to get the people of New York not to look at the real situation.”
Updated: Senate Democrats just put out this statement.
“Obviously this is an extraordinary situation and tempers are flaring, but we must maintain a level of civility and decorum befitting a senator and representative of the people of New York,” said Senate President and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson.