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Monday, March 10, 2008

If Spitzer Resigns - Who takes his place?

News today has centered on Eliot Spitzer's involvement and speculation over whether he will resign. If he resigned his lieutenant governor would take over. What do we know about Lieutenant Governor David Paterson? Until last year, Paterson was a state senator from Harlem. He is a Democrat and comes from a family of politicians as his father served as New York Secretary of State and was the NYC Deputy Mayor. His biography says has been legally blind since birth.

Prior to today the only time I had heard of him was when he introduced some ridiculous legislation in the state senate requiring police to shoot to wound, rather than using deadly force. Paterson (D-Harlem) wrote that a police officer, under his legislation, "would have to try to shoot a suspect in the arm or the leg." This requirement demonstrated an amazing degree of ignorance of firearms and police accuracy. You are taught to shoot at center mass so you have some chance of hitting and stopping the immediate threat. I'm sure law enforcement officials in New York are thrilled to see this guy move into the governors mansion.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

how long has this site been going? I have been checking the old site for updates. glad to see you are still here

Anyways, Spitzer will have to be dragged out of office. he has waited forever to be NY Gov.

March 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM

 
Blogger LargeBill said...

Ben,

I started this one a week or so ago after blogger wiped out my old one. Couple days after I started this one blogger restored the old site, but since Matt had already changed the SOB blog-roll I decided just to stick with the new one.

March 11, 2008 at 12:13 PM

 
Blogger Ben said...

Well, I like the name for this one.

March 11, 2008 at 11:05 PM

 

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