President Obama has asked New York Governor David Paterson to bow out of the 2010 gubernatorial race due to his increasing unpopularity.
Two senior administration officials and a New York democratic operative said that Obama sent the request behind speculations “that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing.” A Queens democrat Rep. Gregory W. Meeks delivered the message on behalf of the White House, reports the Huffington Post.
Paterson officially struck a chord with the president when he said in a radio interview last month that he and Obama are unjustly targeted by the media because they’re black politicians.
If Paterson withdraws his bid for Governor, he would virtually be shooing in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, whose father is a three term Governor, for the Democratic nomination. So far, 67 percent of New Yorkers believe he should run.
Despite Obama’s pressures from the White House, Paterson said he is going to run in the 2010 election.
“I have said time and time again that I am running for governor next year,” Paterson said at a parade in Harlem. “My plans have not changed.”