Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Gov. Paterson Admits to Sex With Other Woman For Years

Gov. Paterson Admits to Sex With Other Woman For Years
By Juan Gonzalez

The thunderous applause was still ringing in his ears when the state's new governor, David Paterson, told the Daily News that he and his wife had extramarital affairs. In a stunning revelation, both Paterson, 53, and his wife, Michelle, 46, acknowledged in a joint interview they each had intimate relationships with others during a rocky period in their marriage several years ago.

In the course of several interviews in the past few days, Paterson said he maintained a relationship for two or three years with "a woman other than my wife," beginning in 1999. As part of that relationship, Paterson said, he and the other woman sometimes stayed at an upper West Side hotel — the Days Inn at Broadway and W. 94th St. He said members of his Albany legislative staff often used the same hotel when they visit the city.

"This was a marriage that appeared to be going sour at one point," Paterson conceded in his first interview Saturday. "But I went to counseling and we decided we wanted to make it work. Michelle is well aware of what went on." In a second interview with Paterson and his wife Monday, only hours after he was sworn in to replace scandal-scarred Eliot Spitzer, Michelle Paterson confirmed her husband's account. "Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods," Michelle Paterson said. "What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out."

The First Couple agreed to speak publicly about the difficulties in their marriage in response to a variety of rumors about Paterson's personal life that have been circulating in Albany and among the press corps in recent days. They spoke in the governor's office even as scores of friends, family members and political supporters were celebrating in the corridors of the Capitol his ascension to the state's highest post.

Given the call-girl scandal that erupted last week and forced Spitzer's stunning resignation, Paterson conceded that top government officials are bound to come under closer scrutiny for their personal actions. The governor flatly denied what he called a "sporadic rumor in Albany that I had a love child" by another woman. "That's just not true," he said. "Don't you think he'd take care of a child if he'd had one?" Michelle Paterson said, in obvious disgust over that persistent rumor.

The romantic relationship he did have, Paterson said, lasted until sometime in 2001. He did not identify the former girlfriend. Asked if he had stayed with anyone else since 2001 at the same West Side hotel, Paterson said, "From time to time I used to take Michelle to that hotel."



Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I am rolling my eyes...'nuff said.


4:53 AM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

I was laughing so hard in the night, I couldn't go back to sleep. Is this story for real? Is there a Democrat left with any ethics and decent morals?

New York may have to eliminate everyone down to the janitor before they find a man worthy of governing the state...a man that the country can respect, a man that his wife can repect.

Why are these women standing next to these men anyways? Let the "man?" stand there by himself and act a fool!

6:46 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

My late knew, that if I found out that he was cheating on me, he'd have been wearing a large iron skillet in his head!
I made the boundaries of respect clear, and it went both ways!
And no, as a WOMAN, I would have told him that he didn't need me to get himself in that fix, so he didn't need me to help him out!


12:54 PM  

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