A Democratic contest for governor appeared to move another step towards reality over the weekend with cautious yet provocative words from Gov. David A. Paterson.
Paterson called in Saturday to WABC radio for an interview by Charles Gasparino, an author and journalist who’s repeatedly criticized Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s role in the controversies of the investment world. The governor underscored his message that slicing Wall Street bonuses hurts state coffers by trimming tax revenues.
Pressed by Gasparino, Paterson said “You have seen many who are at least discussed as being potential opponents of mine clearly changing their tune, but that isn’t leadership. That’s politics. And what we need more at this time is people who in the midst of a recession, and sometimes when it’s very unpopular, are going to get up and make the touch choices.”
Reference was made in their broadcast conversation to this story, which suggested Cuomo's previous vow to "name and shame" AIG execcutives who didn't return bonuses had rung hollow.