With calls that he not run for governor on the rise, Gov. David Paterson tonight said he has no plans to end his campaign — but he’s going to talk to Democratic leaders.
A meeting of some of his closest allies is planned on Saturday.
“I’m obviously listening to them, I have an open mind about this thing. I want the Democrats to win in November. I want the governor of the state of the New York to be Democratic, hopefully me,” he said.
He added that “I will weigh what they have to say, but right now I’m a candidate for governor.”
Asked if he’s in it for the long haul, the governor responded: “I’m in this for the long haul, but I’m not in it without having some colleagues feel that they can talk to me about this.”
Paterson again declined to discuss details of the domestic-violence case involving his aide David Johnson and Johnson’s girlfriend, even whether he called the woman first or she called him on the day before she dropped the case earlier this month.
“I don’t want in any way impair the investigation by answering anything publicly,” Paterson said.
But Paterson praised Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and his ability to do a fair investigation of the case — even as Cuomo is expected to challenge Paterson for the Democratic nomination for governor.
“Andrew Cuomo is a professional who was elected attorney general of the state. I would think he would do nothing but a professional job,” Paterson said.