A poll Monday showed Gov. David Paterson with the lowest approval rating of any New York governor in 30 years, even worse than Eliot Spitzer after he was named in a prostitution investigation.
But Paterson tried to treat the latest dismal poll like old news. Instead, he pushed a politically difficult New York City bridge toll proposal, continued to call for more spending cuts, and warned the deficit may grow $3 billion worse in a few months. He was trying to return to his early form in 2008, when New Yorkers responded well to his calls for fiscal discipline in Albany after he took over when Spitzer resigned in March.
Asked what his renewed tough demeanor and some unpopular stands on the fiscal crisis will mean to his election prospects in 2010, Paterson said he just doesn't care.