- Posted: 9:31 AM, February 11, 2010
“I don't want to speculate on why it's happening because I don't know who is doing it….That would be me engaging in the same kind of conduct that's happening now,'' Paterson said during a friendly interview with WOR's John Gambling.
“There are people who don't want me to run for office because as I run for office I'm taking the discussion to a place where people don't want to hear right now,'' he insisted.
The governor's list of alleged plotters could be a long once since top Democratic leaders including President Obama, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver all want to see Paterson go.
Paterson, the state's first African-American governor, also again ripped into the New York Times, which he said was directly and indirectly responsible for two weeks of rumors that had portrayed him in a “racialized, hypersexualized and dissolute fashion,'' although he offered no explanation of how he was using those words.
Meanwhile, when asked about the just-opened probe of his highly controversial decision awarding the lucrative Aqueduct gaming contract to a group connected with politically influential Queens minister Floyd Flake, Paterson insisted the probe “doesn't have to do with the (contract) bid.''