Wednesday, December 12, 2012

David Paterson comes to Cuomo's aid

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets some love that isn't 100% guaranteed to help from former NY Gov. David Paterson, who tells state Senate Dems to shut up with their Cuomo complaints, already.

Paterson, appearing on an Albany radio station, said Cuomo should not criticized for refusing to intervene in the Senate’s leadership battle, pointing out that the Democrats overspent their budget by $10 million when they controlled the chamber in 2009 and 2010.

Paterson also scoffed at claims made by minority lawmakers that Cuomo’s inactions were intended to disenfranchise black and Latino senators.

“None of the individuals who made the [race] charges have denied that the Senate, under the leadership of the Democrats in 2009 and 2010, overspent their own budget,” Paterson said.

“Dysfunctional is dysfunctional no matter who does it,” Paterson said, adding that it was the dysfunction that led Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein and three other senators to form the Independent Democratic Conference.

In case you're new to the controversy, basically, some on the Left are angry that Cuomo didn't do too much to help Democrats win the state Senate. Criticism got even sharper after some Democratic senators broke off to caucus with Republicans without a reprimand from Cuomo.