Senator Díaz: "Where Are Governor David Paterson’s Friends?"

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February 22, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: 718-496-4793

Where Are Governor David Paterson’s Friends?

Albany - State Senator Rubén Díaz, Sr. remarked today at the apparent
difficulties Governor David A. Paterson is having in obtaining support from
two key “backers”.

“The Governor went out on a limb for the gay community in his efforts to
support marriage equality and to bring that bill to the Senate floor, even
though he knew it did not have sufficient votes to pass and that thousands
of people in New York State did not want it and will not support him for
election because of that issue,” remarked Senator Díaz. “Where is the gay
community now that the Governor needs them?” Senator Díaz wondered.

Likewise, Governor Paterson suffered one of his biggest setbacks and
received a ton of criticism when he bypassed Caroline Kennedy and chose
Kirsten Gillibrand instead for the United States Senate. “For that
Governor Paterson has paid dearly and gained a lot of negative ink.
Governor David Paterson must be wondering ‘I was there when they needed me,
where are my friends now that I need them?’,” continued Senator Díaz.

“I remember back on Sunday May 17, 2009, I organized a demonstration of
tens of thousands people in front of Governor David Paterson’s Manhattan
office to protest his staunch support for gay marriage and the Governor
stood by the gay community and didn’t waver.

“I am not endorsing Governor Paterson but I admire his commitment to those
whom he believes are his friends. My father used to say in Puerto Rico ‘My
friends are my friends with their virtues and flaws’,” said Senator Díaz.