From the NY Times:
On the eve of his election kickoff, however, interviews with dozens of current and former aides, legislators and friends reveal significant criticism about Mr. Paterson’s management of the state and of his election effort.
Those interviewed describe the governor as remote from the most seasoned people around him, and increasingly reliant on people whom he feels comfortable with but who lack deep experience in government, including his former driver, David W. Johnson, and his former Albany roommate, Clemmie J. Harris Jr., who retired from the State Police on disability a decade ago and has been appointed special adviser to the governor.
Some lawmakers say that despite the state’s crippling crisis, Mr. Paterson has seldom engaged with them, beyond denouncing them. And several former state commissioners say he has virtually no involvement with those he has running major agencies, only rarely participating in policy meetings.
In extended interviews with The New York Times last week, the governor emphasized that he believed that he was the best person to lead the state, saying he was working hard and making tough decisions in a brutal economic and political climate.
“I want this job because right now I feel I’m the one who is standing up to the special interests, standing up to the Legislature and standing up for the people of New York,” he said. “I really believe that I’m the person who’s doing that.”
But he also sought to portray himself as the victim of racist caricature — portraits driven, he suggested, by his rivals.
“This latest kind of bashing of me is a depiction of me in what is, in my opinion, a racialized, hypersexualized and more or less dissolute context,” he said, adding, “I resent this sort of, in my opinion, and I’ll be frank with you, kind of profiled way that it appears that all I’m doing is drinking, chasing women, doing drugs.”
Welcome to the real world of politics. The criticism is more because you suck than because you are a black guy. Even other black people think you suck. Time to face it.