"It has been the most exciting time in my life," Paterson said yesterday, according to the Daily News. "It has been the most challenging time in my life … I'm gonna keep doing it until the public tells me it's time to stop."
That could happen sooner rather than later. White House political director Patrick Gaspard met with Paterson about two weeks ago to tell him the Obama administration would rather he not run for re-election in 2010. The White House has been concerned that Paterson's flagging poll numbers could hand the governorship -- and control of the Senate and much more -- back to the Republicans.
Paterson initially said he believed Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who got a warm reception from Obama last week compared to the icy one Paterson got, had something to do with the White House's push to get him not to run again. But then he backed off.
"I don't think [the] attorney general had any connection to this at all," the governor said at an event in Queens yesterday. "I said that there were people that had that kind of access, and I don't believe that they actually used it, but really, in the end, what would I know?"
Umm … what?
"In other words, I don't believe that they actually used that access," Paterson said.
Oh. We get it now.
Cuomo reps have denied any role in Obama's message to Paterson to get out.
Meanwhile, it doesn't seem Paterson plans to listen to the prez anytime soon. His campaign manager released a new fund-raising letter in advance of the governor's scheduled appearance on "Meet the Press" tomorrow, reports the News.
"The governor is excited about his campaign and looks forward to the chance to talk about who he is, what he has done, and what his plans are for New York's recovery," the letter read.