The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Mar
05

Like Rats From a Sinking Ship, Aides Abandon Paterson

By · Mar, 05 2010

With aides abandoning David Paterson’s scandal-ridden administration and the governor himself “lawyering up” (any casual fan of “CSI” or “Law & Order” knows what that means), it’s becoming less and less likely his administration will survive through it’s scheduled ending next January.

The departure of his communications director marks the third high-ranking Paterson aide to leave over the inquiry into the governor’s role in a domestic violence case concerning one of his closest confidantes. The evaporation of the governor’s base of supporters continues unabated.

Mr. Kauffmann’s resignation came as Mr. Paterson sought the help of a prominent criminal defense lawyer, Theodore V. Wells Jr. of the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and as new information emerged indicating that the governor’s contact with Ms. Booker had been more extensive than previously reported.

At the same time, Democratic leaders continued to debate whether Mr. Paterson should remain in office, with signs of unease surfacing among black political leaders, who have been among his strongest allies.

Will Paterson continue to hang on – like South Carolina’s Mark Sanford – or will he step aside?  Can he reasonably make the case that his administration is capable of handling the serious financial issues facing the state while the circus of scandal and inquiry swirls around them?

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