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Admist controversy and criticism New York Governor David Paterson is set to pull out his underdog bid for re-election.

The governor is plagued by a domestic-violence scandal involving a top aide and is reportedly losing support of his colleagues in his party.

When one of the governor’s aides was taken to court by a woman who accused him of domestic violence, the Governor reportedly spoke to the woman the day before the trial.

The woman did not appear in court the next day and the judge dismissed the case.

An investigation into the occurrence is underway.

Although he will not seek re-election, he is expected to finish out his term.

A press conference on his decision is expected for later today.

Several leaders think the Paterson should do more than just drop his re-election campaign, he should resign.

Senator Bill Perkins tells WNYC,

“If the investigation turns out the way many suspect, his resignation is almost inevitable. If that is the case, then it is in the best interest of the people of New York for him to cut bait now.”

Governor Paterson was elected in November 2006 and became governor in March 2008 after the Elliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.