New York Gov. David Paterson speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Paterson says Tuesday he believes an anticipated story by The New York Times about his personal conduct won't include much-rumored talk of wild behavior. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) (AP)
Disgraced governors: A slide show!
David Paterson is only the latest governor to be publicly shamed. Salon fondly remembers some of the others
Before this week, David Paterson was simply an unpopular governor -- a profoundly unpopular one, in fact, who was trailing his likely Democratic primary challenger by nearly 50 points in polls.
But now he's also a disgraced governor, thanks to a devastating New York Times report that the governor's office may have used the State Police to intimidate a woman who accused a top Paterson aide of assault. In response, Paterson is now ending his campaign for a full term.
In commemoration of this week's events, we invite you to take Salon's slide-show tour of the fraternity of disgraced governors to which Paterson has just been initiated.