Living with a non-elected governor

When I first learned that Eliot Spitzer was going to resign as governor of New York, I feared the worst. This man – this strong leader with a track record of driving positive change as New York’s attorney general – was going to be replaced by someone I’d never heard of prior to the election. To boot, this “someone” was blind.

Ironically, now eight months since high-profile Spitzer’s resignation and unknown David Paterson’s assumption of the gubenatorial seat, a sort of peacefulness seems to have come to the Empire State. There have been no recants on campaign promises; Paterson made no promises. There has been no scathing criticism of his performance by his opponents, constituents or the media.

In fact, this quiet man may have come along at just the right time. With all the unpopular state funding cuts that may have to be made as a result of the crashing economy, a governor who made promises might have his hands tied. His cutting might be skewed. He might be beholding to special interests. If funds have to be cut, I’d rather see a dark horse do it, as opposed to someone who shook a million hands to get where he is.

Spitzer’s demise may have been a blessing in disguise; it gave us a man with no ego and a free hand.

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