“This is not a decision that I would have made.
“I think terrorism isn’t just attack, it’s anxiety and I think you feel the anxiety and frustration of New Yorkers who took the bullet for the rest of the country,”
New York Governor David Paterson plays his hand, tries to save his political future.
Fourteen months after being elevated to the governor’s job, David A. Paterson is deeply unpopular among New Yorkers, who doubt his ability to grapple with the state’s increasingly bleak economic situation, according to a poll by The New York Times, Cornell University and NY1 News.
Sensing the futility of trying to jam Paterson down the throats of New Yorkers in the next gubernatorial election, the White House let him know that he will not be their man.
When President Obama’s aides lowered the boom on Gov. Paterson, it was really a two-fer aimed as much at another White House worry: former Mayor Rudy Giuliani…
The political jujitsu dealt a blow to Republican Giuliani’s gubernatorial chances, since it’s now more likely the former mayor’s opponent would now be the Democrat’s undisputed heavyweight, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, experts said.
So what did Paterson do? Sided with Giuliani on the terrorists/security ‘issue’, of all things.
“Our country was attacked on its own soil on September 11, 2001 and New York was very much the epicenter of that attack. Over 2,700 lives were lost,” he said.
“It’s very painful. We’re still having trouble getting over it.
“We still have been unable to rebuild that site and having those terrorists so close to the attack is gonna be an encumbrance on all New Yorkers.”
How do you like that language? ‘Please, no, not now, we can’t get over it, we’re hurting too bad…’ There’s some real strength in leadership. What about the city’s own justice system, populated by New Yorkers, trying and convicting the bastards? Some local legal retribution? No?
Or would some of you rather just traffic in noun/verb/nine-eleven Giuliani impersonations?
“I think it’s a logistical and security nightmare for the American People,” Alice Hoagland, mother of a 9/11 victim, said.