2006_01_patterson.jpgAttorney General Eliot Spitzer has found his 2006 gubernatorial running mate: Harlem's State Senator, David Patterson. While cynics might think that Spitzer was trying to solidify his base with black voters, Spitzer has actually succeeded in annoying some influential black leaders, as some, including Patterson's father, as The Politicker pointed out, have been supporting Leecia Eve, a former Hillary Clinton staffer, for Lieutenant Governor. The NY Times' story about the selection of Patterson is more interesting for what it says about Spitzer and how he might be handling his run for the Governor's House.

The interesting thing about Patterson is that he's legally blind, after childhood infections that left him sightless in his left eye and only partially able to see in his right. The Daily News writes that he has "defied expectations" throughout his career.