New York Gov. David Paterson discusses his marital infidelities at a news conference on Tuesday as his wife Michelle Paterson looks on. [Source: NYT]
A day after I gushed that I could hitch my wagon to this guy’s star, he and his wife held a news conference where they confessed to cheating on each other. It sounded like something out of the Jerry Springer show. That’s how Fred Dicker, state editor for the New York Post, represented it in an NPR interview. Dicker’s moral indignation sounded like sour grapes because the Daily News scooped his tabloid. I felt a little chagrined, but hardly indignant. Unhitch the wagon, son, and grease the singletree. This star isn’t going anywhere new.
I should have known TV comedians would turn the story into cheesy blind jokes. No worry, John Ridley’s blog has a retort. Read David Paterson’s Got It Going On!:
What do I like about the guy? First day on the job, he admits to having an affair. Second day on the job, he admits to having a number of affairs. Not that I approve of sleeping with other women. Per se. But people are always carping about politicians not being honest and here is Paterson, paint still drying on his office door, throwing out a little TMI.
And let’s not forget that Paterson is legally blind. I only bring that up because Sheri Shepherd — the “blonde” black girl on ABC’s “The View” — joked (I think she was joking) that Paterson “can’t see to cheat.” Know what? I’m sick of people underestimating the otherly abled! Truth is they can screw around just as well as people with two good eyes!
All I can say to that is amen, brother!
Perhaps the final word should go to a homeless guy on Times Square interviewed for a NYT story callled Governors Gone Wild. He held a handwritten cardboard sign “that had syntax problems” but made his point:
I need only $4,300 so I can meet a nice girl like our Governor Spitzer.