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Gov. Paterson on Thursday blamed predecessor Eliot Spitzer’s downfall in a prostitution scandal for creating an environment where falsehoods are believed.

Paterson, who succeeded Spitzer nearly two years ago, has spent the week responding to rumors of a New York Times article about allegations of personal misconduct during his tenure. He has denied acting inproperly or planning to resign.

Paterson, on CNN’s “Larry King Live” program, called again for the Times to publish its story.

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“I think this is a carry over from that situation,” he said, referring to the prostitution scandal that engulf his running mate Spitzer. “I think that has actually victimized me.”

Paterson charged that the rumors he’s been subjected to will discourage others from public service.