Spitzer Deserves 2nd Chance: NY Gov

He's got 'tremendous talent,' says Paterson
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2010 2:04 AM CDT
Spitzer Deserves 2nd Chance: NY Gov
Then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer walks with his Lt. Gov. David Paterson in New York in 2007.   (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

Eliot Spitzer deserves another chance at political office even though he spent taxpayer money on trysts with a hooker, said embattled New York Governor David Paterson. The man who once served as Spitzer's lieutenant governor boasted that he personally has made a point of hiring talented individuals with mistakes in their past. Paterson said he hoped the same kind of "standard will be extended to Gov. Spitzer, who had tremendous talent, and I hope will be able to exercise it."

One beneficiary of Paterson's second-chance policly was his trusted aide David Johnson, hired despite two felony drug busts as a teen. Paterson ditched his election campaign and is now being investigated over charges that he tried to block a domestic violence case again Johnson, notes the New York Daily News.
(More David Paterson stories.)

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