Mar
03

Gov. Paterson in ethics trouble over Yanks tix

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It hasn’t been the best of weeks for David Paterson, New York’s beleaguered governor. Under siege for his role in a domestic abuse cover-up, Paterson has now been charged with an ethics violation by the state’s Commission on Public Integrity. The claim: Paterson asked for and received free tickets to Game One of the World Series from the Yankees. He may also have testified falsely under oath that he had said he would pay for the tickets when he had no intention of doing so. The Attorney General the Albany district attorney will continue this investigation.

The governor is legally barred from accepting gifts from the Yankees because the team is registered as a state lobbyist, as The Times put it, “in connection with financing for their stadium.” Our friends over at YFSF don’t view this is a big deal but the law is the law. For his part, Paterson has denied these allegations, suddenly a common theme from his administration.

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    *refrains from making snide comments about Paterson given that she is a New Jerseyan and not qualified to make snide comments about possibly corrupt politicians*

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I hope we get a few more excellent Patterson-Spitzer SNL Weekend Update bits before David rides off into the sunset.

      —————–

      Seth Meyers: OK, OK – can we please get back to the poll?

      David Patterson: That’s what he said! To a prostitute!

      Eliot Spitzer: Nice one! Seriously, that poll must’ve been a pretty crazy phone call to get… “Hello”

      David Patterson: “Yes?”

      Eliot Spitzer: “Uh, who would you rather have as Governor – the prostitute guy or Mr. Disaster?”

      David Patterson: “That’s a tough call to make since all options are terrible. It’s like judging a beauty contest in NEW JERSEY!

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      …and it’s not like NJ is squeaky clean on these matters. Or any other state, for that matter.

    • thurdonpaul

      Im also in New Jersey, Passaic County to be more exact. Yeah our politicians are not to honest either.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        It’s fitting Paterson is the star city of Passaic.

      • Philly P

        Honest Politician = Oxymoron

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Do you know why politicians lie?

          Because politicians who lie and say that there are easy solutions for hard problems inspire us and get our votes.

          Politicians who tell the truth and say that there’s no easy solutions for hard problems and that making the fundamental changes to society necessary to truly fix things depress us and never win elections.

          Politicians lie to us because we all but demand that they lie to us.

  • Not The Rays

    Legally Blind Gov $ells Out For Yanks Tix.

    Heh.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I remember asking this to Ben: How many whores would you give Spitzer to get him back as Governor?

    Patterson is a disaster.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I’m not saying he’s a good governor (he’s not), but frankly, 100 men/women out of 100 would have been judged to be a disaster if they had had David Paterson’s job running New York State.

      Albany’s been morally bankrupt for decades, but the GFC made it fiscally bankrupt as well. Paterson’s in a no-win situation. A good, skilled, savvy, excellent statesman would also have failed to get anything accomplished over the past two years.

      There’s just no money coming in and no way to cut the budget either.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Sure, he’s being scapegoated to a degree. The legislature are who really deserve the blame. Still, it seems even under terrible circumstances, he’s been incompetent at best. He should at least step down and let the Lt. Gov try and make some headway with a budget. Patterson is nothing but a veto slasher right now.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Paterson Is like Isiah Thomas with the Knicks:

          Yeah, he f#%$&d things up royally, but let’s not forget that it was already pretty damn f$&%#d up when he got there.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        “There’s just no money coming in and no way to cut the budget either.”

        That’s what Greece said (TWGS?) and now they’re looking at the IMF doing it for them.

      • Lanny

        Thats a bad excuse. No problem is insurmountable. Just to say no one could have fixed it is ludicrous. They said the same thing about Louisiana and Jindal fixed it. They said the same thing about NYC in the early 90’s and Rudy fixed it. Gov’t problems are fixable if you work hard, cut spending, promote small business, cut useless programs, end handouts. Patersons problem is hes a tax and spender who doesnt get how to fix the economy. You dont just throw money at problems and raise taxes on people. It is kind of the same problem his buddy Barry is dealing with right now. More gov’t, more taxes, less enterprenurial spirit doesn’t work.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          They said the same thing about Louisiana and Jindal fixed it. They said the same thing about NYC in the early 90’s and Rudy fixed it.

          Yeah!

          Wait, what?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Patersons problem is hes a tax and spender who doesnt get how to fix the economy. You dont just throw money at problems and raise taxes on people.

          FACT: David Paterson has decreased state spending about twice as much as he has increased taxes.

        • AndrewYF

          Reading this post was like reading all the MSM talking points on Joba to the bullpen, except it’s about politics.

    • PsiFighter37

      Yeah, having Spitzer back would be kind of nice now.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Dude’s got issues.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    It’s a shame, because I really like him. Only NY Gov I’ve actually liked for many years. He’s a big Yankee fan, big baseball fan. I’ve heard him do radio interviews and he really keeps up with the team, so it’s not just PR. He’s said all the right things about the out of control state budget, done his best with the impossible State Legislature, actually delivering a budget on time for the first time in eons.

    His sex life is none of my biz, but this one is going to be impossible for him to deal with. He’s already on the outs with the State democratic party, who wanted him to step down a while ago. So it just figured that sooner or later someone loyal to the party would take him down. It’s a shame.

    • Hughesus Christo

      Who is talking about his sex life?

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Not now, but he’s had a few ‘scandals’ in the past related to his marriage, which he was very open about.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Now I see what you meant. I was just recounting his term and I worded that sentence poorly.

    • Lanny

      Thats his problem. Hes probably a great guy. But he doesnt want to actually work. He just wants to enjoy the perks of the job. Hes lazy and incompetent. A terrible combo when running a state with a hige budget deficit and in a bad economy.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        None of what you just said is true. None of it.

      • AndrewYF

        Is this like a joke when people call Cano lazy and incompetent? Or am I missing something?

  • http://www.hulu.com/watch/119794/saturday-night-live-update-fred-as-gov-david-paterson ADam

    did you check out this snl skit about patterson

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Oh yeah, that one was awesome.

      (is confused, plays along)

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    So all I have to do is be governor to get free Yankees playoff tickets? Hrmmmm

  • Lanny

    Another Democrat in NY is a crook. Paterson joins a nice crew. Spitzer, Corbin, Barron, Malcolm Smith, Good ole Charley Rangel, etc etc etc. But hey the Democrats are looking out for everyone!

    It’s a good thing the NY Times is carrying the water to get rid of him since every politician is so afraid to be called a racist.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Yeah, you tell em, Lanny!

      Sincerely,
      Joe Bruno

      • Kiko Jones

        Joe Bruno! Ha! Nice.