David Paterson, Cuomo's handpicked head of the State Democratic Committee, seemed like a likely candidate.
Sure enough, we get this news on the NY Post gossip page today:
David Paterson, the former governor and current head of the New York State Democratic Committee, is being urged to run for mayor.
“He hasn’t said ‘no’ to anyone,” a friend of his told me. “He would beat the pants off [Bill] de Blasio.”
Paterson confirmed “a number of people have mentioned it to me out of nowhere,” but he told me he isn’t interested.
Oh, please run David, please!
I'm dying to see you get some more scrutiny for the witness tampering incident, where you talked the woman your aide beat out of showing up in court against him:
Last fall, a woman went to court in the Bronx to testify that she had been violently assaulted by a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, and to seek a protective order against the man.In the ensuing months, she returned to court twice to press her case, complaining that the State Police had been harassing her to drop it. The State Police, which had no jurisdiction in the matter, confirmed that the woman was visited by a member of the governor’s personal security detail.Then, just before she was due to return to court to seek a final protective order, the woman got a phone call from the governor, according to her lawyer. She failed to appear for her next hearing on Feb. 8, and as a result her case was dismissed.Many details of the governor’s role in this episode are unclear, but the accounts presented in court and police records and interviews with the woman’s lawyer and others portray a brutal encounter, a frightened woman and an effort to make a potential political embarrassment go away.
If Paterson is the best Cuomo can do to take aim at de Blasio, Cuomo's in bad, bad shape...