Monday, February 8, 2010

NY Gov Paterson Resigning?

Late Sunday rumors began to swirl that New York Governor David Paterson, is on the verge of resigning his office. Paterson, who is already unpopular, faces a yet-unnamed scandal from the pages of the New York Times. Apparently these accusations go well beyond infidelity, which is already suspected.

What the scandal is we don't know right now. But for the NYT to be already predicting his resignation, it must be on the scale of the resignation of former Governor Eliot Spitzer in his infamous prostitution scandal.

If Paterson does resign, will this cause a constitutional crisis? Paterson illegally named a Lt. Governor despite the fact that he is not permitted by the NYS Constitution. If he resigns, would the Lt. Governor be the legit successor?

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