Reaching Out, Paterson Offers Different Tone

from the NY Times:

** Reaching Out, Paterson Offers Different Tone**

With sorrow, seriousness and a dollop of humor, Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson opened his first full day as governor-in-waiting Thursday, pledging his continued commitment to Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s agenda but breaking markedly with the governor’s style.

In a flurry of meetings with legislative leaders, news conferences and briefings, Mr. Paterson began quickly laying the groundwork for when he is formally sworn in as governor on Monday.

At a news conference in Albany, he said he would try to govern through consensus and declined to rule out an income tax increase, and then took questions from an overflow crowd of reporters.

And when asked whether he, like Mr. Spitzer, had ever patronized a prostitute, Mr. Paterson could not suppress his trademark dagger wit.
He paused, gave a sly smile, and answered, “Only the lobbyists.”

From what I’ve seen & heard about him our new governor seems like a breath of fresh air – someone with humility who is willing to work with others after an arrogant schmuck who boasted of being a steamroller.

Of course, like Spitzer, he is pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, &c but here in NY so are half the Republicans. At least Patterson will work with the Legislature & get the budget passed.

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