Former Gov. David Paterson doesn’t shut the door on House run

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Could former Gov. David Paterson make another run for public office?

Making his semi-regular appearance on WGDJ-AM in Albany, the former governor was asked by host Fred Dicker if he has any interest in the seat currently held by Rep. Charlie Rangel, an 82-year-old Harlem Democrat who has held office since 1971.

Paterson didn’t say no.

“I can almost put it to bed and say no,” Paterson said. “But then I watch the political landscape these days and I just feel that people are not talking about some of the issues that are really affecting people.”

He went on to cite issues like foreclosures in New York City and crushing student loan debt, which he says hasn’t been adequately dealt with.

Paterson has significant ties to Rangel, whose potential retirement has long been at the center of speculation over the past few years as he faced ethics charges. Both are from Harlem, and Paterson’s father Basil was part of the neighborhood’s famed “Gang of Four” political powers in the 1980s.

But Paterson expressed concern about being a 60-year-old congressional freshman if he were to run in 2014, the next time the seat is up for grabs. And he said he believes Rangel will run for re-election, anyway.

“When I wake up in the morning and everything is not my fault, it’s really a great feeling before I get out of bed each day,” said Paterson, who served as governor from 2008 to 2010 after Eliot Spitzer’s resignation.

(AP file photo)

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