The New York Post’s Cindy Adams reported today that Michelle Paterson, wife of former Gov. David Paterson, is writing a book about her experiences, saying her husband was shocked when he was set to become governor when Eliot Spitzer resigned in 2008.
From the interview:
“It’s about getting thrown into being first lady. How the press treated us. About those who served David and who didn’t. All from my own perspective. I don’t include anyone else’s thinking.
“The experience was a shock. I wasn’t prepared. I work in a health-related field. I was at my office like any other day when one morning David calls and says, ‘Are you sitting down?’ It was that famous Eliot Spitzer day. He said, ‘There’s been some sex scandal. There will be a conference in a couple of hours. And Spitzer will be out as governor . . . and I’ll be the next governor.’
“He was very upset. He didn’t think he was up to it. His first words were, ‘I think I’ll kill myself.’ And I answered, ‘Then who will be governor?’ I, myself, was very upset. Stunned. I didn’t know what to do or think. All I could do was calm him. Give him inspiration. Tell him he was capable. It’s like having a little seat in an airplane and then suddenly you’re told to ‘Jump!’
“Everything was surreal and going so fast and no time to reflect. It was very hard to get through.