March 21, 2008


Paterson: Campaign 'Might Have' Paid for Hotel Tryst (Robin Shulman, 3/21/08, Washington Post)

In the latest revelation of a series of gubernatorial sex scandals, Gov. David A. Paterson has admitted he might have billed a hotel tryst with his lover to his campaign, listing the expenditure as "constituent services."

The New York Daily News reported today that Paterson occasionally used campaign funds to cover personal expenses and misreported the purpose of that spending. The newspaper said he generally reimbursed the campaign for those charges.

But Paterson acknowledged in an interview with the Daily News that he might not have reimbursed at least one payment.

The Daily News also found that in 2002, Paterson's campaign paid $500 for "professional services" to Lila Kirton, 49, a high-ranking state employee with whom Paterson had an extramarital affair.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2008 11:31 AM

You really can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 21, 2008 12:29 PM

He's just bringing home the pork - in more than one way.

Posted by: Brandon at March 21, 2008 1:08 PM

Shouldn't he be quick to appoint a lt. gov. or NY might end up with Gov. Joseph Bruno (R)?

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 21, 2008 1:13 PM

So will he step down?

Posted by: KRS at March 21, 2008 3:09 PM

The WP again is playing Name! That! Party!. Bonus points for naming Spitzer and McGreevy as additional PWNKPAs*.

* Politicians with no known party affiliation.

Posted by: Gideon7 at March 21, 2008 6:37 PM