New York – A meeting of Democratic leaders from more than a dozen upstate New York counties shows a continuing rift within the party over whether Gov. David Paterson should end his election bid.
No vote was taken in Saturday’s private meeting that excluded the state party’s leadership.
Rockland County Democratic Chairman Vincent Monte says there was overwhelming support at the meeting for Andrew Cuomo, the attorney general who hasn’t said whether he will run for governor.
He says Democratic county leaders will continue to discuss their concern with Paterson’s viability as a candidate without the state party’s leadership.
Though he didn’t attend the meeting, state Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs says there was support voiced for Paterson, too. He says the process to choose the nominee continues.