Yesterday, David Paterson was sworn in as the 55th governor of the State of New York. Governor Paterson is also first Blind and Black man to hold that high office.
Governor Paterson is, and has always been, an inspiration to disabled
children and a touchstone of hope for disabled adults who all yearn for
understanding from political policy and healing from flowing, judicial,
Gov. Paterson expressed the challenges of his life during his swearing-in speech:
“I have confronted the prejudice of race, and challenged
the issues of my own disability,” he said. “I have served in government
for over two decades. I stand willing and able to lead this state to a
brighter future and a better tomorrow.”
His wife and two children joined him on the dais.
It was a great moment in history when he stood up and
said to a roaring, adoring, crowd: “Let me reintroduce myself, I am
David Paterson and I am the governor of New York State.”
At times, the event felt more like something of a
coronation for Mr. Paterson, the scion of a Harlem political fraternity
that remains powerful and well-connected in New York politics. His
father, Basil A. Paterson, a former state senator and secretary of
state, stood behind Mr. Paterson when he first ascended the dais, as
did his mother, his wife, and his two children. They remained there as
Mr. Paterson, a well-liked veteran of Albany, was greeted by exultant
cheers and whistles, and a lengthy standing ovation.
In the late 60’s, David stood beside his father, Basil, when he ran for Lieutenant Governor — his father lost — but David won the same post 38 years later.
Yesterday, David’s father stood beside him — while the rest of us cried with our new Governor.
Paterson began the affair around 1999 and continued until
2001 – often meeting his lover at the Days Inn not far from the
then-state senator’s Harlem office, an authoritative source told The
The trysts came during a volatile period in Paterson’s marriage to wife
Michele – who also was involved in an extramarital affair, the source
But the couple, who have two children, decided to work out their
troubles rather than call it quits. They did it for the kids.
Now we are left to wonder if there is a faithful, honorable, politician left in New York State!
It’s ironic David Paterson joked after his swearing-in that the only prostitutes he frequented were the lobbyists in Albany.
With this new revolution of marital infidelity, Governor Paterson has now proven he is merely the measure of Eliot Spitzer — and that is one equal opportunity in oath-breaking we wish he refused to take.