NY Gov Patterson Praises Tea Party, Says It Rejects Extremism
I don't think the NY Gov is working from the playbook here, making nice to the Tea Party for the Democrats. I think he's being candid. Contrasting his view with that of Bloomberg, one gets a sense that, just as in Chicago, Alaska, and elsewhere, there's a combine, where ruling class Democrats and Republicans have more in common with one another, than the people they presume to represent. Where that occurs, no one outside the box is supposed to get to play in the game, as is the case with Carl Paladino. Unfortunately, said combine is growing and bankrupting government in cities, states and in Washington. This may also be part of why Patterson never had a chance, before being destroyed by the media. They might not have been so quick to dish the dirt on a Spitzer, or a Cuomo. The system is broken and it needs to be broken up, including a mostly complicit press.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. David Paterson, unlike many of his Democratic colleagues, says the tea party movement is a good thing.
Paterson says most tea party activists reject the extremist views of some members and that the movement as a whole is making important contributions to democracy.
Although Paterson prefers Democrat Andrew Cuomo over tea party Republican Carl Paladino in the New York governor's race, he says the movement is bringing people who are not interested in government back into the process.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has described the tea party as "irrational" and not a political movement. The Republican-turned-independent also favors Cuomo.