Because of my schedule and the utter lack of time I have to do anything nowadays, I haven't been able to keep up with the news all that much. Unless it's a big story, chances are I'll miss it. This whole Governor Paterson scandal and not running for election thing... yeah, that's been huge. No matter how much I try to avoid it, there it is.
For those who don't pay attention to NY politics, I'll sum it up: Governor Paterson replaced Spitzer after the prostitution scandal. He's made news for being open about his extramarital affairs, not having Obama's support in his desire to run for office, insisting he'll run anyway, having a key aide accused of domestic violence, allegedly paying off the accuser, allegedly getting tickets to Yankees games, and announcing he won't run.
Now, I'm not here to defend any of Paterson's actions. If he did try to pay off a victim of domestic violence just to be able to run for governor, there really is no getting back to good from that. But I'm really annoyed (read: grossed out, disgusted) by how I've seen some of the media handle this. This morning, for example, Good Day New York was outside of his home all morning long, waiting for him to leave so they could bombard him with questions. Um, what?! Some people might want him to resign, but at the moment, he's still the governor!
It's bad enough when the media does this to celebrities, but it's a whole other level when you're harassing the people who are supposed to be making critical decisions about our government! Part of this whole saga is the fact that major budget issues need to be resolved and everyone's all "should he resign before then, after, or at all?" I'm no genius, but it seems to me that if he has to deal with people staking out his home 24/7 just to harass him, his attention isn't going to be focused on making those decisions. It seems to me that if you're going to debate and discuss this thing to death, you should at least give him the space and freedom to do his job while he's still there.
I don't know though, maybe that's just me. Maybe I'm too focused on the actual shit that needs to get done. Like the fact that the MTA budget cuts include taking away the free MetroCard program for students, so many students will be forced to go to their zone schools. Like the fact that school budgets are constantly strained and those zone schools can't advance because they have no resources.
Yeah, maybe that's just me. How silly of me to be concerned with these things instead of waiting around for the governor to leave his home.