How Do We Know For Sure?
What happened here? How did they conclude that Paterson never, ever intended to pay?
Did they use a lie detector? Did they hypnotize him? Use psychotropic drugs?
Did they call in Sookie Stackhouse?
Come on now, how does anyone know what another person really intended?
Of course, we all know from observing Paterson over the last two years that he is inconsistent, at best.
And we know that his Senate minority leader modus operandi which involved telling people whatever he thought they wanted to hear — was a real liability as an executive.
We all believe that, at minimum, he is fudging things on this matter.
But the truth is, we don’t know for sure.
There is no proof here. There is at least the possibility that Paterson intended to do the right thing and forgot to follow thorough.
Put yourself in his shoes for two seconds. He is not a detail guy. Far from it.
This matter comes up in a meeting and he says: “We’re supposed to pay for those tickets? It’s not an official thing?”
A few days go by, does Paterson raise the matter again in a staff meeting?
“OK now, agenda item number 47 on my list is the Yankee tickets matter. What are we going to do about it?”
Did Paterson then say to everyone: “Just between us, I am not going to pay. I have read the statute and I know that it is wrong, but I simply do not care.”
Come on. Is there any logic here? Could this really be another evil government plot? A scheme to defraud and deceive? Is that really what happened? Or was Paterson simply being Paterson — confused, harried, inconsistent, misinformed, unorganized and dependent on others for things we all take for granted?