Paterson Rips Senate Democrats As “Dysfunctional”


Former Gov. David Paterson didn’t mince words today about the troubles of the Senate Democratic Conference he once led, saying they were “dysfunctional” during their time in the majority in 2009 and 2010.

Paterson, who was governor during the rocky Senate Democrats’ tenure and former Senate minority leader, said they were dysfunction because they overspent their budget when they held the majority.

“It was such poor management, if that isn’t the definition of dysfunctional – there’s no code about it. Dysfunctional is dysfunctional, no matter who does it,” Paterson said on Fred Dicker’s radio show.

Paterson, the state’s first black governor, disputed that coalition between Senate Republicans and the Independent Democratic Conference is a racial issue.

He said in 2008, he met with the so-called Four Amigos, a rogue group within the Democratic conference, and “I had to take the longest shower I ever took in my life after that.”

He also knocked Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, the former Senate majority leader, who last week joined the IDC.

“Malcolm Smith, who is getting like the tennis ball of Wimbledon. Every day he’s bouncing back and forth between parties,” Paterson said.

He also said federal prosecutors should dismiss corruption charges against former Senate Majority Joseph Bruno after his initial conviction was thrown out of court. And he suggested that his former boss, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, may have erred when he prosecuted former AIG chairman Hank Greenberg — a case that was also dismissed.

“It’s kind of sad because when you’re around him you get the sense he never did anything wrong,” Paterson said of Greenberg. “The only thing he did wrong was to become wealthy and famous.”

As for Paterson’s strange appearance over the weekend at a brewery opening in Syracuse? “I was just looking for a place to eat with some friends.”


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  1. WOW PAterson is really on board and having a good old time selling this.

    I bet someone gave him “Happy Socks” to wear and how he is “HAPPY” and using “HAPPY POINTS” instead of “CRY POINTS”

    But he did have the chance to appoint a person of color to the US Senate and he did not.

    So don’t blame the GOP for things they have no control over.

    He did point out This is a political battle not a racial one s the “CRY BABIES” and there allies are trying to make it.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Amazing how Paterson, who was Leader of the Senate Democrats when the Brennan Center coined the term “dysfunctional” to describe the legislature, has turned on his former colleagues.

    He was the ringleader of Albany dysfunction during his tenure as the accidental governor – the free tickets, forged checks, and appointing domestic abusers, drunks, and tax cheats to high positions in his “administration.”

    Let’s also not forget his old “management report” from when he ran the Democratic conference.

    No one did more to turn Albany into a punchline than “GDAP” – and one needs no further proof than the many hilarious spoofs on SNL. They were hilarious because they were TRUE.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Democrats (especially Smith) have their problems, and the bad blood between Smith and Paterson is obvious. But as the press and the current emperor/governor seek to paint Senate Democrats with the same brush, it’s David who’s holding the paint can.