Reports: NY Gov. Paterson to Drop Election Plans

New York Gov. David A. Paterson will not seek a full mandate in November elections. Reports citing a person close to the governor said Paterson is set to formally announce today his decision to drop out of the race.

The embattled governor has been caught in a controversy involving a close aide. Paterson is being accused of using his influence to cover up a domestic violence case against one of his closest aides, David Johnson. Reports said Johnson’s longtime partner sought the help of the police after she was allegedly choked and thrown against a dresser by the governor’s aide. She was given temporary protection, but later complained that the police tried to persuade her to drop the charges against Johnson. Then, early this month, Paterson, who recently launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, allegedly called the woman a day before a hearing for a protective order that she sought. She did not appear at the hearing the next day and the case was eventually dismissed.

Paterson, a longtime state senator before assuming the governorship, was appointed to his current position when Eliot Spitzer resigned in March 2008 following a sex scandal.