Paterson May Bring Back Medically Compelled Tax Evader
Paterson told reporters that O'Byrne "made a mistake" but "he paid for it and he underwent some pretty severe public criticism for it." He added, "No one doubted that he wasn't doing an excellent job," though he presumably meant the opposite.
The governor's loyalty is touching (and possibly emotionally necessary, as he can't really afford to lose more friends). But this is hardly the time for it. Maybe he figures Obama got away with it with Tim Geithner, so why shouldn't he? But Obama's poll numbers are somewhat better than Paterson's -- even though he's spending a lot more money. At a time of austerity, why present voters with another reminder of fiscal irresponsibility?