Not everyone huddled around the water cooler this morning is scratching their head over Jake picking Vienna on The Bachelor. Some are officially on Paterson resign watch, as the embattled New York governor soldiers on in the face of a gathering storm.
Calls for the governor's resignation grew louder Tuesday morning, with the New York chapter of NOW leading the charge. The Buffalo News is also reporting that the New York legislature's two top Democrats went to the Governor's mansion today to ask him to resign. The AP is reporting that Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver changed his mind by the end of that meeting.
Paterson went on record Monday that he will not resign. "I would think (resignation is) off the table," he told reporters. "I find the whole discussion to be very remote from the issues we are facing right now."
A recent Marist poll found 66% of registered New York voters do not want Paterson to resign.
The New York Times is reporting that the governor skipped a morning budget meeting, claiming he was not feeling well, and has been in the Governor's Mansion all day as the calls for his resignation increase. According to a statement just released from former Congressman Rick Lazio, ""If these allegations are true, then Governor Paterson must resign and resign now." Senator Kirsten Gillilbrand, who was appointed by Paterson to fill former Senator Hillary Clinton's seat, is also calling for Paterson's resignation if the allegations are true.
Multiple sources are reporting that New York State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt will resign Wednesday in the wake of the scandal involving the governor.
The New York Times has joined the voices calling for Paterson's resignation if he does not come clean. The Governor has scheduled a closed cabinet meeting for Wednesday in the Red Room at the State Capitol.
On the Web:
NOW Calls for Paterson to Resign - NY Times
Kruger: Paterson is our governor, still, for now - Albany Times-Union
Poll: Paterson should not resign - The Business Review
Paterson asked by top legislative Democrats to resign - The Buffalo News
Paterson's Troubles Getting Worse (video) - WCBS-TV
Paterson Should Resign - Open Salon (Saturn Smith)
Statement of Rick Lazio - press release, Rick Lazio
Gov. Paterson's Oath - NY Times
(photo: Office of the Governor, State of New York)