March 18th, 2008 Heather Kovar
The Daily News got the scoop: Governor Paterson had an extramarital affair.
Admittance of the several year liason while Paterson’s marriage was in a rocky period was posted on the Daily New’s website hours after the new governor was sworn-in.
Both Paterson and his wife both reportedly say they had intimate affairs with others during their marriage. Patterson says his lasted several years in 1999.
You know the issue has been on Paterson’s mind, his wondering how, when it came out, it would be sensationalized in headlines. Maybe this admittance was his way of finally getting the entire front page.
The timing looks good for the new governor. There is too much going on to focus on a rough patch in someone’s marriage; The Bear Stearns buy out and the fatal crane collapse both affect more people.
However, even the author of the Daily News story wrote “All this, of course, would normally be considered part of the private life of any government official.”
But it was “private life” that forced Paterson’s predessor, as well as New Jersey’s former governor to resign.
Paterson insists state funds were not used in Upper West Side hotel trysts with his unnamed affair.
During his inauguration speech, his soon-to-be admittance had to be on his mind. I wonder if he was thinking about it when he wrote the following passage from his speech.
(Read the entire speech from the Governor’s office.)
Speaking of Michelle, I want to introduce my wife and lifelong friend, Michelle Paige Paterson. Michelle and I have a different kind of a marriage. And I learned how different it was going to be about 15 minutes after I got married. I’m sure those of you men who got married, you remember the part about saying “I do,” you remember the part about taking pictures afterwards, and then getting in a limousine, but do you remember sitting next to the woman of your dreams and all of a sudden, a little girl comes and sits between the two of you.
And I said, “Ashley, can I sit next to your mom?” And she said “No, I sat here first.”
How do you convince a 4-year-old that you want to sit next to your wife? And I tried one more time. I said “Ashley, I just got married. Can I sit next to your mom?”
She said, “Get over it, David.”
And as I tried to get over it, that little girl has grown up to be my best friend, Ashley Dennis.
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