NY governor abandons bid for full, 4-year term

New York Gov. David Paterson, accompanied by is wife Michelle, speaks at a news conference in New York, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, where he officially ended his election bid, citing an accumulation of distractions, but saying he had never abused his office. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

February 26, 2010 2:01:26 PM PST
Less than a week after declaring he would seek a full four-year term, New York Gov. David Paterson abruptly dropped his election bid Friday under pressure from Democrats concerned about his faltering agenda and criticism of his handling of a domestic abuse case involving a trusted aide.