Now that Governor Paterson is expected to drop his 2010 gubernatorial bid (though it's unclear when and if he will have a press conference) after news of abuse accusations against his aide were revealed—as well as his own and the State Police's involvement in with the accuser—the next question is whether he should remain installed as governor. The local papers are, at best, skeptical and, at worst, angry.
The NY Times, which broke the story, published an editorial that Paterson needs to come clean: "Gov. David Paterson of New York has spoken out for years against domestic violence. Now he must speak out just as clearly about his role in the aftermath of a disturbing domestic altercation involving his closest aide, David Johnson." Noting that Paterson admitted speaking to the victim and that there's disagreement about who called whom, "It doesn’t matter much who initiated the contact. The question is why the woman failed to appear in court the next day, leading to the dismissal of the [abuse] case."
The Post's editorial puts it bluntly: "It's time for David Paterson to close out his role in one of the strangest episodes in New York history—and turn over the affairs of state to his lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch. We don't prescribe this lightly. But new developments make it painfully clear that the accidental governor lacks the credibility to effectively see New York through its current crises. And that he has no hope of gaining it."
And the Daily News is severely disappointed: "Like most New Yorkers, the Daily News greeted David Paterson's ascension to the governorship with best wishes and fervent hope for success in endeavors suddenly assumed. Today, just shy of two years later, we urge Paterson to step down immediately. It is clear that the governor tolerated domestic abuse accusations against his closest confidante, and there is a suggestion that he joined state troopers in a campaign of witness tampering to shield the aide from prosecution. In either case, Paterson has given cause to doubt his word and his judgment, breaking a fundamental bond with the public - the bond of trust."