NY Voters Say Paterson Should Stay For Now; New Ethics Questions Raised : The Two-Way Gov. David Paterson shouldn't quit, New York State voters tell pollsters.
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NY Voters Say Paterson Should Stay For Now; New Ethics Questions Raised

Though the headlines say there's increasing pressure on New York Gov. David Paterson to resign, that's not what New York voters -- who don't particularly like him -- want to happen, according two two polls released this week.

-- The latest Quinnipiac University poll of Empire state voters shows that by a 61%-31% margin they say the Democratic governor should stay on the job until his term ends next January. As Quinnipiac adds, though: "Voters disapprove 62%-24% of the job Gov. Paterson is doing, his worst score ever."

-- The latest Marist Poll has 66% saying Paterson should serve out his term, vs. 28% who say he should go now.

With just eight months to go to Election Day and coming off the scandal-tinged resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer in 2008 (which put Paterson into his current job), New Yorkers have apparently decided it's better to tough it out -- especially since Paterson has said he won't be running for the office this year.

Meanwhile, The New York Times writes that Paterson:

"Convened an extraordinary full session of his cabinet in Albany on Wednesday as he faced stepped-up pressure from fellow Democrats to resign over his role in trying to suppress a domestic-violence case involving a close aide."

Update at 12:55 p.m. ET. There are new problems for the governor, as the AP reports:

"A New York ethics panel has charged Gov. David Paterson with a violation involving a gift of free Yankees tickets for the 2009 World Series. The commission said Wednesday that the indiscretion could cost him nearly $100,000 in penalties. It says Paterson may also have given false testimony in the case. It's being turned over to the Albany County prosecutor's office for possible criminal prosecution."

The Albany Times Union has a copy of the state Commission on Public Integrity's report. It says, in part, that:

"There is reasonable cause to believe based on the record evidence the Commission has adduced in its investigation that Governor Paterson solicited, received and accepted an unlawful gift. ... And misused his official position to secure free tickets to Game One of the World Series for himself, two members of his staff, his son and his son's friend."

The AP says "there was no immediate comment from the governor's office."

Ken Rudin at Political Junkie has been following the Paterson saga as well.