IT BEGINS: Top Paterson Official Resigns, Calling Governor's Actions "Unacceptable"

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The walls continue to cave in on New York Governor David Paterson, following yesterday’s damaging revelations from The New York Times.

NYT:

The cabinet official who supervises the state police has resigned in the wake of a report of intervention by the state police and Gov. David A. Paterson into a domestic-assault case against a senior Paterson aide.

The official, Denise E. O’Donnell, deputy secretary for
Public Safety issued a statement Thursday after inquiries
from The New York Times.

“The fact that the Governor and members of the State Police
have acknowledged direct contact with a woman who had filed
for an order of protection against a senior member of the
Governor’s staff is a very serious matter,” she wrote. “
These actions are unacceptable regardless of their intent.”

Bear in mind that O’Donnell isn’t resigning for anything she was involved in — she’s resigning out of protest towards the behaviour of the police who protect Paterson and the contact they had with a woman who was involved in (at the time) criminal allegations against a Paterson aide.

The Times adds that more Democratic party officials are calling on the governor to not seek re-election, saying his ability to lead is permanently damaged.

Note: Business Insider reached out directly to Governor Paterson for comment. He did not immediately respond to our telephone message.

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