Gov. Paterson Wants to be Next Prez, Says “Once You Go Black, You Don’t Go Back”


via Politico

New York Gov. David Paterson is getting rave reviews as one of the Gridiron Dinner speakers over the weekend.

The Gridiron dinner is an off-the-record dinner with journos and pols who sing songs, do skits and make fun of each other in the great wide open.

Paterson’s speech was certainly no exception. Even though he became governor of New York in quite a surprising fashion, it’s not the governor title that he wants, apparently.  Paterson’s real goal, he said, is to follow in Barack Obama’s footsteps and be president of the United States, because: “Once you go black, you don’t go back.”

He also joked about how he’s receiving all these phone calls from people seeking to take HRC’s Senate seat and played real voicemails from HRC, Chuck Schumer (who were in on the gag) and even himself.

Schumer: “Hi Dave. It’s Chuck Schumer. I thought I would let you know my view on the Senate race. I have one criteria above all. I would like a devout Evangelical. That way, there will be no competition for Sunday press conferences.”

Hillary recommended that he not name a replacement, just have Schumer do both jobs. “Why does New York need two senators, anyhow? I know it’s a stretch, but I promised him I’d ask you,” her message says.

And Paterson’s own message to himself ends with: “Actually, I was thinking. If Chuck Schumer held both seats, that would be countervailing to the concept of one man, one vote. So we change the law to one ego, one vote.”

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