Stepping Aside

Paterson Folds Election Campaign

Maybe Eliot Spitzer could use a golf partner: New York Governor David Paterson dropped his 2010 election campaign on Friday. He maintained that he had not abused his office—“not now, not ever”—but that he was “being realistic about politics.” Paterson had just announced his election campaign last weekend, but was derailed by revelations this week that he may have personally intervened in a domestic-abuse dispute between his aide David Johnson and his girlfriend.