Swingers to Drugs, Rumors Swirl Around Paterson

New York governor denies any involvement with sex, drugs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Swingers to Drugs, Rumors Swirl Around Paterson
In this Jan. 12, 2010 file photo, Gov. David A. Paterson delivers his State of the State speech in Buffalo, NY.   (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

As New York Gov. David Paterson vehemently denies rumors of a sex scandal, the New York Post continues to speculate about the alleged bombshell that could take the governor down. The unsubstantiated rumors include tales of double dates sans the missus, sex-and-drug-fueled parties at the executive mansion, and one lady friend who distracted him to the point that he arrived late at the site of last February's Buffalo airplane crash.

Gawker adds two more rumors to the mix: The possibility that the Patersons are swingers, or a corruption scandal involving the guv delivering a casino contract in exchange for an endorsement deal. Paterson, meanwhile, issued a blanket denial to the AP, specifically slamming two Post stories linking him to other women. Sources say the governor is meeting with Times staffers in an attempt to kill the story (now supposedly planned for tomorrow's issue, WPIX notes).

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