New York Governor David Paterson said Friday he is ending his campaign to run for governor of New York in November.
I am being realistic about politics, Paterson said. It's been an accumulation of obstacles that obfuscated me from bringing my message to the public.
He made the announcement with his wife Michelle Paige Paterson at his side at a 3 p.m. press conference in New York today.
Paterson's decision comes amid allegations that he and the state police intervened in a domestic violence case against David Johnson, one of the Governor's top advisors.
The Governor reportedly talked on behalf of Johnson with the woman involved in the domestic violence case.
The Governor said today he was looking forward to a full investigation in the case and stated he has never abused his office.
I believe when the facts are reviewed the truth will prevail, Paterson said.
Paterson had also been facing strong criticism over his capability to run the state. He said he will continue to run the office until the full term is completed.