NY Gov. Paterson won't drop bid despite scandal

FILE - In this June 19, 2008 file photo, New York Gov. David Paterson, left, and aide David Johnson walk down the steps of the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Paterson is under fresh pressure to drop his run for a full term this year after a report about a domestic abuse complaint against his top aide involving a former girlfriend. The governor suspended Johnson without pay on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, and asked the attorney general to investigate a newspaper article saying state police may have pressured the woman to not level criminal charges against Johnson. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

February 25, 2010 4:50:03 PM PST
Despite calls from leading Democrats to step aside, Gov. David Paterson said Thursday night he won't drop his election bid amid a growing scandal surrounding accusations of domestic violence against a key aide.