Friday, March 26, 2010

oh, david

At least now we know why Marissa Shorenstein resigned. So she could talk to the NYTimes without reserve -- because hoo, boy. The man is just lying left and right at this point:
Gov. David A. Paterson personally helped draft a statement last month that he hoped would be endorsed by a woman involved in a domestic dispute with one of his top aides, proposing language asserting that there had been no violence in the encounter, according to three people with knowledge of the governor’s role.

On the night of Feb. 16, with The New York Times preparing an article on the aide, David W. Johnson, Mr. Paterson told his press secretary the key points that needed to be included in a brief statement that was sent to the woman, Mr. Johnson’s former companion, the three people said.

He said that the couple’s breakup months earlier had been unfriendly but not violent, and that any charges related to the altercation had been dropped.

The language that was drafted, according to the people, was sent in an e-mail message to Mr. Johnson’s former companion, Sherr-una Booker, through an intermediary, a woman who was a friend of both Mr. Paterson and Ms. Booker.

Ms. Booker refused to go along, telling the mutual friend at one point in the process that she would not participate in “a lie,” according to two people briefed on the exchange.

Mr. Paterson, who himself had spoken with Ms. Booker several times in the preceding 10 days, was disappointed that she would not endorse his statement.
Meanwhile, let's not even list the number of things that need to be fixed in New York State's budget right now. The priority is clearly getting a criminal aide off the hook, yes, Governor...

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