Here’s some of the clips from Gov. David Paterson’s appearance this morning on FOX Business Network’s Imus in the Morning program.
The lame-duck governor continues to make the rounds as his time in office is dwindling. He’s been knocking the media on the way out too.
This morning, though, he defended his disgraced predecessor Eliot Spitzer, saying ““I think he was a remarkable talent who normally would be in another profession making a whole lot of money or being incredibly successful and had who had at a certain point chosen government. And I thought it was unique that New York State had the chance to have such a person with a rare combination of skills. He was not afraid of anyone, he was not afraid to mix it up with anyone and he was brilliantly talented.”
He also said he had no idea Spitzer was sleeping with prostitutes, saying Spitzer always showed a level of professionalism, particularly with women.
“None at all,” he said. “If anything I found him to be very professional, particularly when he worked with other women.”
He said incoming Gov. Andrew Cuomo may find it lonely at the top, but said he’s confident in Cuomo, saying “Everybody is for him but he will make some tough decisions and he will find at times people he thought would be there seeing the backlash against some of the cuts he will have to make. But I think he knows that. I can’t think of anyone better to lead us at this time.”
Paterson also continued to explain why the public didn’t back his election bid, saying he made tough choices as governor.
“Imus, I cut $42 billion of deficit in three years as my time as governor. It is three times the amount that anything has been reduced even proportionally in the history of the state. You’re not going to make many friends doing that. And I realized that I was doing it that I would be running in history rather than in an election. IN other words, to make those decisions, I understood what the consequences would be and I took responsibility for it.”