The First Draft: Does White House want Paterson out of NY race?
President Barack Obama visits New York State Monday, but not for a warm and fuzzy get-together with Democratic Gov. David Paterson.
The White House and national Democrats are worried that Paterson’s low poll numbers could drag down other Democrats in next year’s congressional elections.
Not that Obama cares much about warm receptions from Paterson. The president snubbed Paterson during his visit to Wall Street last week by failing to invite the governor to the high profile event in his own state.
Instead of an invitation, Paterson got a meeting with White House political director Patrick Gaspard, who told him Obama had lost faith in his ability to win election in 2010, the New York Times reported.
Paterson was lieutenant governor until March 2008, when he unexpectedly rose to the helm of the state government after former Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal.
Some New York Democrats are said to be angry about what they view as heavy handed White House tactics. But others welcome the move.
Meanwhile, Paterson has dug in his heels and hired a campaign manager who worked for the Obama campaign.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama); Reuters/Gary Wiepert (Paterson)