According to a source familiar with New York Governor David Paterson‘s administration, there is no communications strategy, and he relies too much on his own flawed judgment — and that of his personal advisers David Johnson and Clemmie Harris — over his professional communications staff (see The New York Observer for more on Johnson and Harris).
As the media and voters await the supposed bombshell profile in The New York Times that is said to force the resignation of embattled Governor, his communications staff is hitting back against allegations of extramarital affairs and influence peddling, or at least it appears there’s a coordinated effort.
However, a source with inside knowledge of the administration tells PRNewser all is lost at this point, and that there is no coordinated damage control effort:
“His comm ‘strategy’ is mainly a product of himself. He disregards his staff and listens to outside friends (and those 2 close advisors’) voices, but mostly he listens to the one that’s loudest in his head: his own. His senior staff think he is nailing his own coffin and are embarrassed by these latest bizarre interviews.
The Times story is still running. At this point, many feel it doesn’t even matter what’s in it. He is cooked.