Al Sharpton Calls Meeting Of Black Leaders To Discuss Paterson

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The walls have been closing in on Paterson for weeks (with plenty of help from the NY Times, which is enthusiastically reporting every detail and angle of his downfall). But if tonight’s Harlem meeting goes south and Black leaders opt to make a unified call for his resignation, it’s hard to imagine him hanging on much longer. After all, once Paterson reaches the point where the media and other politicians can point and say, “Look, even Black people don’t support you!”, it’s a pretty short trip out the front door of the governor’s mansion. – NewsOne Staff

From NY Daily News:

ALBANY – A group of prominent black leaders will meet Thursday night in Harlem to discuss whether scandal-plagued Gov. Paterson should resign, a source told the Daily News.

“There are a lot of things that people now see as indefensible,” the source said. “A lot of people think it’s time to move on – not just for the state, but for David as well.”

The meeting comes just five days after the same group met and agreed that Paterson should be given an opportunity to serve out the remainder of his term.

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Paterson announced on Friday that he would not seek election to a full four-year term.

Since that Saturday meeting in Harlem, another round of damaging stories has emerged, leaving even his closest supporters to consider whether it’s time for Paterson to step down.

It was revealed this week that Paterson asked two people to reach out to a woman who accused one of the governor’s top aides of assaulting her to change her story. And on Wednesday, the state Public Integrity Commission said Paterson violated state law by accepting free World Series tickets last October and then lied under oath about the matter.

“The purpose of this meeting is to discuss whether he should resign,” the source said.

The idea is for the leaders who attend the meeting, which was called for 8:30 p.m. at Sylvia’s Restaurant by the Rev. Al Sharpton, is to “come together to as a cohesive voice.”

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