Not because the Governor enacted the controversial step of appointing Richard Ravitch Lieutenant Governor, to give the state a new second in command, which Gov Patterson was, back when previous Gov Spitzer still had a social life, and to help get the State Senate going again. And not because of the threat that the other politicians may sue the governor, and not because the new Lieutenant Governor is a career politician who has worked in gov since 1959.
My soap box song comes from the fact the new Lt. Gov got sworn in at Peter Lugar's Steakhouse here in Brooklyn.
The reason being is that whole suing thing I mentioned, Gov Patterson's people wanted to get Ravitch sworn in before lawsuits blocked the appointment and made it impossible.
Quoth the new Lt. Gov.:
‘This is my favorite restaurant, and I wouldn’t take the oath of office anywhere else.’
Ms. Spiera — whose father, Sol Forman, bought the historic restaurant in 1950, and whose family owns the two Peter Luger restaurants, in Brooklyn and in Great Neck, on Long Island — added: “It seemed to be a fait accompli. I don’t know what the legalities are. I only know from steak.”
Something about all this seems perfectly normal and surreal, like our state government.
Details in the Times: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/09/ravitch-was-sworn-in-at-brooklyn-steakhouse/