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Paterson: Still a Gillibrand backer, but...

Outside St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue, Gov. David Paterson was asked about the Imus "under-the-bus" bit from this morning (as posted earlier by Mr. Murphy). The exchange:

Q: On Imus you said Gillibrand threw you under the bus. Do you still support her and will you vote for her?

"I made a choice and I'm sticking to it. It was Imus who made that suggestion, not me, and you just respond to those situations with humility, but I think it is important to recognize that political expediency in terms of making decisions without the facts is not what I did in a similar situation involving a representative who ran for office and lost yesterday. After the initial court decision in the Hiram Monserrate case I withheld decision until the judicial process had concluded and the Senate process had concluded and only then, with the facts in front of me, did I feel it was right for the Senate to expel him..." 

Q: Will you vote for Gillibrand?

"Yes."

Q: So did she speak incorrectly by speaking at all about your case? 

"The only time that I speak publicly is when I feel I have facts in front of me."

Q: So are you saying she didn't have the facts in front of her?

 "I'm not going to put this on one person. There are a number of people have done that. I'm just saying in our democracy it's easy to make these kinds of statements, but many of the people accused are vindicated and what do you say to them then?"

 

 

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