August 11, 2009

JUST BORROWING THAT SEAT:

State Democrats Fear That Paterson Is Liability (RAYMOND HERNANDEZ, 8/11/09, NY Times)

As he prepares to run for re-election, Representative Michael E. McMahon, a Democrat from Staten Island, is burdened with having to campaign in a district where Republicans have a strong presence and where the impact of job losses on Wall Street has been particularly severe.

But, increasingly, he has another worry: Gov. David A. Paterson.

Mr. McMahon and other leading Democrats are concerned that the election prospects of the party’s candidates will be undermined with Mr. Paterson prominently on the ticket, as he is hobbled by plunging job-approval ratings and missteps that have raised questions about whether he should even run next year.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2009 9:18 AM
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