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Our New York governor David Patterson's days in office number that may sound rhetorical but this afternoon top spokesperson Peter -- announced.
He's stepping down the third major official to leave the administration.
And tonight our next guest will be joining other black leaders in an emergency meeting to discuss Patterson's political fate joining us exclusively on the phone former new.
New York State comptroller Carl.
The call and the first question Carl are you gonna recommended the governor that he resign.
-- what I'm doing his meeting with a group of lead is not only African Americans -- Latinos Asians and others.
Coming from communities in New York court concerned about the future of our state and we are concerned about whether the governor give him.
The circumstances around the investigations that are pending whether he will have the ability to provide -- leadership that's needed.
To pass a budget and to deal with this very serious fiscal crisis we have.
So we're coming together collectively.
Decided -- -- What kind of a fight we want to give to the governor in terms so what you should do can -- deal with these two.
Daunting challenges that he investigations.
As well as the leadership that's what I needed.
He's got not one not two.
But no less than three Karl three investigations.
Some of the minor though didn't you pay for your yankees tickets to some -- majors maybe.
He got involved in a criminal investigation which could be construed as construct an obstruction of justice.
How can anybody focus on running a state like New York with the money in the population that we have and deal with those types of accusation.
It may not be possible that -- just the kind of thing we're -- -- discuss because you know we want to be responsible we think the ultimate issue here is.
Does he have the ability to provide the leadership we need now and I think the people who will be at that meeting room.
Come to a conclusion.
And communicate that to the governor I think that -- that's an important thing for us -- do.
-- if in fact he perjured himself under oath that he if he gave false testimony under oath about the Yankees the -- tickets is a small deal but the perjury is not a small deal is that enough for him to resign.
Well you know I'm not a lawyer I don't wanna get into those kinds of details I just think that all that we've bird.
Is overwhelming -- this is something good.
But -- and the governor have a lawyer his lawyer and have to deal with the investigation is the other comes out.
So -- getting to that these tales of the investigation we just wanna deal with the fact -- -- he provide the -- the leadership we need.
One of the things we said last week is that we urge them to give more.
Responsibility to -- -- -- rabbit too is the lieutenant governor it was a very able person.
I have to deal with the budget negotiations.
And I don't know that that happened yet but look we want -- do what's responsible in terms of talking -- people who represent communities that.
That are very concerned about.
What -- leadership we have an Albany -- whether the issues that affect our communities are being addressed.
And we want to decide whether the governor is able to do that given these other circumstance.
They truly know you are you -- I go way back we go way way back I don't.
You know I've known you for a long time -- a diplomat and -- -- very diplomatic here but I that they.
Much to hit in between the lines you are essentially saying that you doubt.
He could could he could continue on with the massive job ahead of him which includes a huge budget deficit running one of the biggest athletes -- the country amid these investigations is an -- is that pretty accurate.
Well that is true but I don't wanna go out into -- armor -- I think it would be more meaningful if we can't let them collective.
Decision about that in that communicated by a lot of us who as you know for a long time it's been very very strong supporters of the government.
Right and we are concerned about him and -- Wanna make sure that.
It is it is a result -- that is not terribly damaging to him but.
We're really concerned about what this state -- at this critical -- Are you really worried about Andrew Cuomo who is gonna probably be the democratic nominee.
Being being hurt by a David -- stayed in office longer.
I don't know why he would be -- But I don't quite know the fact is that with David Paterson.
Not much Andrew Cuomo can do with that we continue to be the attorney general he's conducting the investigation.
And David Paterson called on him to conduct the investigation.
So he's got to do that it while he's doing that he did get involved in -- skills politics or.
Making any announcement about his -- -- Hey -- what happens if the recommendation that the board the meeting tonight.
Is that sir you you should resign we we love you we trust you but it's time for you to step down and he doesn't.
What -- you know utility in this division take -- bit better power that.
I hope I will definitely.
'cause he could he could be defiant we've seen that before -- -- President Obama through other people had.
Kind of made it clear that they didn't supported it very -- -- and he he stuck his heels nerve center that.
-- so we'll speak.
We're one step at a time but returned to do with.
We think need to be done well best of luck it's it's going to be fascinating dinner -- moment in New York political history.
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