Paterson’s Support Eroding Among Dem Leaders

By Matt Loffman

Mar 2, 2010 5:05pm

ABC News' Joel Siegel Reports: Governor David Paterson's support among county Democratic chairmen appears to be dwindling in the aftermath of the New York Times report that he directly asked two state employees to contact a woman who was accusing an aide to the governor of abuse. 

Several county chairmen contacted by ABC News said support among their ranks for Paterson is eroding and consensus for his resignation appears to be building.

"Politically it is untenable," one said. "It looks bad and it keeps getting worse. … People just want this to go away."

However, there is a reluctance to publicly call for Paterson's resignation. Given that he just announced he would not seek re-election, "it would look like piling on," one said.

Paterson's status will be the subject of a conference call Thursday, between the state's 62 county Democratic chairpersons and state Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs. "It will be topic A, B and C," one said.

Only one of the half-dozen chairmen interviewed by ABC News would publicly say that Paterson should stick it out — Diane Dwire, chairwoman for Onondaga County, which includes Syracuse. "I think we don't need that. We are in enough turmoil in New York State as it is."

But she acknowledged she had not seen today's allegations against Paterson.   

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