Gay Marriage And Paterson's Popularity

Here's a thought: could throwing his weight behind legalizing gay marriage save New York Gov. David Paterson (D) from the awful depths that his polling numbers have sunken to? Paterson is vastly unpopular in New York, as a recent round of polling showed. Could his introduction of legislation to legalize gay marriage win some of that support back? Social issues, after all, tug at the heartstrings of electorates. From the New York Daily News story about Paterson and the bill. The audience cheered and whooped wildly after Paterson announced his bill. Clearly they weren't just cheering for Paterson--the significance of the actual bill is not to be overlooked--but it's been a while since I've read about cheer and whooping for the governor. Just a thought.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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