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Old 03-10-2008, 06:11 PM   #41
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New York could get first African-American governor

Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:12pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - David A. Paterson would become the first African-American governor of New York if the current governor, Eliot Spitzer, resigns in the wake of allegations of ties to prostitution.

Paterson, who is legally blind, was elected lieutenant governor in November 2006 together with Spitzer. The New York Times said the governor, a Democrat and former state attorney general, was caught on a federal wiretap last month as he arranged to meet a prostitute.

The leader of the minority Republicans in the state Assembly, James Tedisco, called for Spitzer's resignation. Spitzer's term ends in 2010.

A lawyer by training, Paterson became a public servant in 1985, when he began representing Harlem in the New York State Senate, according to the New York governor's Web site.

In 2002, he became its minority leader, the first non-white legislative leader in New York's history. In 2004, he became the first legally blind person to address the Democratic National Convention.

Paterson was born in Brooklyn to Portia and Basil Paterson. His father was the first non-white secretary of state of New York and the first African-American vice-chair of the national Democratic Party.

The lieutenant governor earned his bachelor's degree in history from Columbia University, graduating in 1977, and completed his J.D. at Hofstra Law School in 1982. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia's School for International and Public Affairs.

Paterson lives in Harlem with his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, and their two children. Paterson, who ran the New York City marathon in 1999, also is a member of the board of the Achilles Track Club.

Paterson has proposed legislation for a $1 billion voter-approved stem cell research initiative and advocated a statewide alternative energy plan. He also has been involved in legislation on domestic violence prevention and promoting minority- and women-owned businesses.
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two things that strike me right now, aside from the obvious:

1. are we pleased that this came about as a result of federal wiretaps?
2. why is prostitution illegal? and should it be so?
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:44 PM   #43
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You know why Eliot was cheating on his wife don't you? Because she was a Spitzer, not a swallowzer.
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depends on the sitiuation and circumstance,
i have a sliding fee schdule
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Why does the woman always stand by her man?
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:34 PM   #47
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That is probably the best statement you've ever made here. The rest, um I dunno. If his wife wasn't into having sex with him, well then he could have spent his time figuring out why- including professionals if necessary. Maybe he's just messed up and his wife has zero to do with that.
These speculations seem to me to almost entirely miss the point. It really isn't any of the public's business what Mr Spitzer's relationship was with his wife. That kind of analysis is just fuel to the fire of media's prurient interest in the private lives of public figures we have seen in recent years.

The issue is ultimately about whether or not Mr Spitzer can now provide assurance to the public that he has the integrity to do the job and it seems to me that he can't. But it's purely a matter of professional ethics and integrity. Holding forth on the state of their marriage is really quite unnecessary.
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Paterson, who is legally blind
Can you also be illegally blind?
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Given that this is a man who had presidential aspirations, his actions are all that much stupider.
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These speculations seem to me to almost entirely miss the point. It really isn't any of the public's business what Mr Spitzer's relationship was with his wife. That kind of analysis is just fuel to the fire of media's prurient interest in the private lives of public figures we have seen in recent years.

The issue is ultimately about whether or not Mr Spitzer can now provide assurance to the public that he has the integrity to do the job and it seems to me that he can't. But it's purely a matter of professional ethics and integrity. Holding forth on the state of their marriage is really quite unnecessary.
I agree completely with this, and in cases of marital infidelity involving politicians made public, I always feel most sorry for the children - there seems to be no way to shield them from the ugliness of what would be a private matter between spouses if it involved someone in the private sector.
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Can you also be illegally blind?
it just means that is a lawful U S citizen

he did not sneak into the country






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there is a standard of vision that must be met

a person can have some sight
and still be "legally" blind
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Ok, thanks. I should've known that even blindness can't be that simple, but it also makes sense; if I just think of how awful I see without glasses or lenses.
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Why does the woman always stand by her man?




Some people sell out their dignity for the hopeful retention of power:


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It really isn't any of the public's business what Mr Spitzer's relationship was with his wife. .... Holding forth on the state of their marriage is really quite unnecessary.
I agree completely. I think no one can ever really understand the dynamics of a marriage they're not actually in.
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Given that this is a man who had presidential aspirations, his actions are all that much stupider.
I agree. Considering how few Democrats there are with an actual backbone, it is a real shame that he had to throw away everything for this crap.

I hope the high-priced whores were worth it.
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If I were Eliot Spitzer's wife, I wouldnt have gone to that press conference with him. I would have held my own to go tell him to fuck himself.
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there is a standard of vision that must be met

a person can have some sight
and still be "legally" blind
In fact most legally blind people do have some sense of light, or very little sight. Few are actually living in complete darkness.
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blindness due to masturbation is "illegal"

in 17 states
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I don't know why you guys are picking on a Democrat.

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I don't know why you guys are picking on a Democrat.

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